WI ar­rive in Eng­land for Test se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

‘This is a huge step for­ward in cricket and in sports in gen­eral as we travel over to Eng­land for this se­ries.’

MANCH­ESTER, ENG­LAND (AP):

THE WEST Indies ar­rived in Eng­land yesterday for a three-test cricket tour, with the en­tire Caribbean-based tour­ing party hav­ing re­turned neg­a­tive tests for COVID-19 be­fore de­part­ing from An­tigua.

Two planes col­lected play­ers from var­i­ous is­lands in the West Indies on Mon­day, and they boarded a pri­vate char­ter to Manch­ester.

On ar­rival at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester, the 39-strong tour­ing party – in­clud­ing 14 squad play­ers and 11 re­serves – will be quar­an­tined and tested again for COVID-19 as they be­gin the seven-week tour. They will live, train and play at the ground in what Eng­land of­fi­cials de­scribe as a “bio-se­cure en­vi­ron­ment”.

“This is a huge step for­ward in cricket and in sports in gen­eral as we travel over to Eng­land for this se­ries,” West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder said at home. “A lot has gone into the prepa­ra­tions for what will be a new

phase in the game.”

The pro­to­cols will re­strict move­ment in and out of the venues, so the re­serve play­ers have trav­elled to help pre­pare the test squad and en­sure re­place­ments are avail­able in case of in­jury.

NO SPEC­TA­TORS

There will be no spec­ta­tors al­lowed at the three tests, which are be­ing played over just 21 days – start­ing July 8 in Southamp­ton and at Old Traf­ford on July 16 and 24.

The venues were cho­sen be­cause they had ho­tels at­tached or nearby.

The orig­i­nal tour was sched­uled for May and June but was post­poned due to coron­avirus re­stric­tions.

“I’m happy for the sup­port and well-wishes we have been re­ceiv­ing from our loyal and ded­i­cated fans once it was con­firmed the tour would go ahead,” Holder said. “This has been a source of great in­spi­ra­tion.”

West Indies: Ja­son Holder (cap­tain), Jer­maine Black­wood, Nkrumah Bon­ner, Kraigg Brath­waite, Shamarh Brooks, John Camp­bell, Ros­ton Chase, Rah­keem Corn­wall, Shane Dowrich, Che­mar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Ray­mon Reifer, Ke­mar Roach.

Re­serves: Su­nil Am­bris, Joshua DaSilva, Shan­non Gabriel, Keon Hard­ing, Kyle May­ers, Pre­ston McSween, Mar­quino Mind­ley, Shayne Mose­ley, An­der­son Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel War­ri­can.

AP

West Indies’ cap­tain Ja­son Holder.

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