International cricket will resume today with England vs West Indies test series after 116 days of suspension of play to control the spread of novel coronavirus. England and West Indies are scheduled to play a three-match test series while taking adequate precautions against the virus.
International cricket was suspended in March due to coronavirus outbreak. In fact, all kinds of sports were suspended across the world to combat the virus and stop its transmission.
The last international cricket match was played on March 13 between Austalia and New Zealand behind closed doors. However, their remaining two ODIs were cancelled due to coronavirus.
• India vs South Africa series, which was initially planned to be held behind closed doors with no audiece was cancelled due to the rapid spread of COVID in India. The South African team that had already arrived in India was sent back with full precautions.
• Along with cricket, other sports had also gotten suspended across the world including badminton and football tournaments such as La Liga and Premier League.
• While it looked as if it will take a long time for sports to come back, but slowly different sports began preparing their comeback with due precautions.
• Other major football leageus including La Liga and Premier also made a comeback across the globe.
• Formula One also resumed its season with the Austrian Grand Prix last week.
England vs West Indies Test Series amid COVID
• The first Test between England and West Indies will get underway from 3:30 PM IST at the Ageas Bowl cricket ground. The England vs West Indies test series will be the first international cricket series to be played post COVID lockdown.
• The England vs West Indies series will be played behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl cricket ground in Southampton and the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The England vs West Indies test series will set an example of how cricket will be played in the future amid COVID virus. The series will be closely followed by other nations and their cricket boards who will be looking to see how cricket series can be scheduled in their home grounds in the current scenario.
The West Indies national cricket team had arrived in the United Kingdom in mid-June and they were required to quarantine themselves fro 14 days in Manchester. For the entire tour, the two teams will train and play in a ‘bio-secure’ environment, as a part of the comprehensive medical plans to ensure player and staff safety. The bio-secure protocols will, however, restrict the movement of players and staff in and out of the venues. Both the sides played intra-squad practice matches to get some cricketing form back.