Ahead of the England Tour, which is expected to begin from June 8, West Indies Test Players hit the soil to prepare for the fixture. After an elongated suspension of cricket activities, member of the West Indies team started their preparation at Barbados along with skipper Jason Holder.
Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave, yesterday said that the current blueprint makes him ‘increasingly confident’ towards the tour’s possibility.
“Based on the information we have at the moment, everyone is getting increasingly confident that the tour will happen at some point this summer,” Grave Said to ESPNcricinfo yesterday.
In wake of the tour, West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick is supervising the players. The preparation started after local government approved the session with some strict protocols for players and support staffs.
Along with the captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich and Shamarh Brooks and Raymon Reifer joined the session.
Speaking about the resumption of training, Johnny Grave, CWI CEO said it’s great news for cricket players and fans.
“It’s great news that the players are now able to begin their cricket training, having been restricted to fitness and conditioning work at home for the past few weeks, as we begin to prepare for defending the Wisden Trophy ,” said Johnny Grave.
Both boards in last phase of discussion
Speaking further he updated that both the boards are in final phase of the discussion and West Indies is likely to tour England next month.
“We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB and we expect to hear from them shortly once their bio-secure plans have UK Government and ECB Board support.”
He also added that his next meeting with his England counterpart is on May 28 for the final phase discussion. He also added that he would need ECB’s approval and support by the time to plan out the fly schedule for WI players.
“….we would need to have their approval and support by then in order to get the charter flight logistics in place and select the players,” concluded West Indies CEO