CRICKET-HEALTH-CWI keeping close eye on England tour amidst coronavirus UK disruption.


Cricket West Indies says it will continue to liaise with its counterparts, the England and Wales Cricket Board, over the upcoming Test tour as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the United Kingdom's sporting calendar.

West Indies are scheduled to tour England for Tests at the Oval and Lord's in London and Edgbaston in Birmingham, all three fixtures scheduled during the month of June when the UK government expects the coronavirus outbreak to be at its peak.

The virus, known as COVID-19, has resulted in 1 140 UK infections and 21 deaths, and has already forced the suspension of major fixtures like the English Premier League and the London Marathon.

Further, the ECB last week recalled its side from the tour of Sri Lanka where they were scheduled to play two Tests later this month.

And though the ECB has made no formal statement on the Windies tour, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said the regional governing body would continue to monitor developments regarding the virus.

'It is [still on] at the moment but it's a dynamic situation that is changing quite literally by the hour so at the moment there's been no announcement by the ECB about postponing any of their upcoming events,' Grave told CMC Sports.

'Albeit, the ICC (International Cricket Council) have cancelled the World Cup qualifiers which were due to take place in Malaysia and a number of the county clubs have cancelled their pre-season tours.'

He added: 'At the moment it seems like they (ECB) are taking a sort of four-week period where some events have been postponed or cancelled until mid-April.

'Our players are due to travel at the end of the April so at the moment ... it's being closely monitored but at the moment we've had not reason to believe the England tour will be cancelled.'

West Indies are scheduled to undergo a camp in England before playing tour matches against England Lions and Worcestershire at the end of May.

They face England in the opening Test at Lord's starting June 4, open the second Test at Edgbaston on June 12 before wrapping up the...

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