Manchester: The West Indies arrived in England on Tuesday for a three-Test cricket tour, with the entire Caribbean-based touring party having returned negative tests to COVID-19 before departing from Antigua.
Two planes collected players from various islands in the West Indies on Monday, and they boarded a private charter to Manchester.
On arrival at Old Trafford in Manchester, the 39-strong touring party — including 14 squad players and 11 reserves — will be quarantined and tested again for COVID-19 as they begin the seven-week tour. They will live, train and play at the ground in what England officials describe as a “bio-secure environment."
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2020
“This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series,” West Indies captain Jason Holder said at home. “A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game.”
The protocols will restrict movement in and out of the venues, so the reserve players have traveled to help prepare the Test squad and ensure replacements are available in case of injury.
There will be no spectators allowed at the three Tests which are being played over just 21 days — starting 8 July in Southampton and at Old Trafford on 16 and 24 July.
The venues were chosen because they had hotels attached or nearby.
The original tour was scheduled for May and June but was postponed due to coronavirus restrictions.
“I’m happy for the support and well-wishes we have been receiving from our loyal and dedicated fans once it was confirmed the tour would go ahead," Holder said. "This has been a source of great inspiration.”
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach. Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua DaSilva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shayne Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
The National Basketball Players Association has not mandated to players that they be vaccinated, despite the NBA's hope that would be the case.
Stefanos Tsitsipas was lambasted by the Greek government last month after he said would only get a vaccination if it became mandatory to compete in tennis tournaments.
The 36-year-old revealed on Monday that he had been suffering pain in his neck and left arm due to a bulging disc which hampered his ability to train at full intensity.