Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave has dismissed the possibility of hosting England‘s home series in the Caribbean after reports emerged of him offering his English counterparts the option in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Places Players And Coaches on Furlough
“I have not had any discussions with England over whether we can host,” Grave told BBC when asked if he had made any such offer to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). “It would be strange that England can’t have cricket but the Caribbean can.” Also Read - Possibly Through Neglect Pietersen Became Isolated: Strauss Admits Mistake in Handling Flamboyant Batsman
Sporting events including cricket have being cancelled or postponed globally to mitigate the effect of rapidly spreading coronavirus which has so far infected over 2,40,000. England are scheduled to host West Indies for a three-match Test series starting June 4 but it’s seems doubtful now. Also Read - Brian Lara Draws Reference From Sachin Tendulkar's Unbeaten 241 vs Australia to Combat Coronavirus Pandemic, Says Need to Learn Discipline From Master Blaster
Grave added that if England deem impractical to host cricketing events, then surely the rest of the world cannot do that either. “Realistically, without knowing anything about pandemics, if England can’t hold cricket then it almost certainly means the rest of the world can’t hold cricket either. I think it is an unrealistic option,” he said.
However, CWI are in contact with Tom Harrison, the ECB chief, and the ‘only discussions’ they have had is flexibility over warm-up matches. “I have been in contact with [England and Wales Cricket board chief executive] Tom Harrison a few times over the last week. The only discussions we have had are, in principle, having flexibility over warm-up games, when the series would start and how many rest days [there would be],” he said.
He added, “We have given the ECB assurances that we will be as flexible as we can. We have not had any discussion about not playing them in June. We have not had any discussion about playing them later in the English summer. We have not had any discussion about hosting the matches here.”