Cricket West Indies gave their approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies tour of England to play a three Test match series. In a teleconference on Thursday, May 28, the Board came to a consensus about the same only after CWI medical and cricket related representatives and advisors had detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers.
These discussions involved the local and international logistics and protocols which have already been put in place to minimize risk and optimize the health and safety of everyone concerned. Cricket West Indies have also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a bio-secure environment for the entirety of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.
CWI’s management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various National Governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party.
Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt stated, “I would like to thank the CWI Management, the Medical Advisory Committee, and the FSAC for their detailed and timely presentations given to the Board meeting. In addition to our approval in principle of the proposed Test Tour of England, we made some significant financial management decisions that will be announced and implemented in due course. The great detail to which the Board engaged in these matters is testimony to their urgency and importance, but it meant that we had to defer a few agenda items until next Wednesday (June 3), when we have scheduled to reconvene.”
Cricket West Indies will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), whilst awaiting for the final approval from the UK Government of plans for a bio-secure tour with all three Test Matches being played behind closed doors.