England Cricket Board has announced the schedule of three-test matches series against West Indies in July 2020. The series’ is very important in terms of restarting international cricket after more than 10 weeks of sports’ ban due to Coronavirus pandemic.
ECB announced that Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl ground will host the first test match between England and West Indies from 8 to 12 July. Meanwhile second and third tests are scheduled to play at Old Trafford in Manchester from 16th July and 24th July respectively.
England board event director Steve Elworthy thanked Caribbean board for co-operating and sending their squad to play the series and start the game once again.
“We would like to thank Cricket West Indies for their co-operation and dedication in making this tour a reality, and we all look forward to the prospect of cricket returning in the coming weeks,” Steve said.
West Indies team is set to reach at Old Trafford on June 9 for quarantine of 14 days period and then training.
England vs West Indies series schedule
- 1st Test 8-12 July at Ageas Bowl
- 2nd Test 16-20 July at Emirates Old Trafford
- 3rd Test 24-28 July at Emirates Old Trafford
“Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters and media. We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval,” he added.
However UK government are yet to give final approval to the series but it is highly expected that govt. will give clearance to cricket series.