The West Indies cricket team, led by captain Jason Holder, has left for England after the entire touring party tested negative for the coronavirus. West Indies and England will square off in a three-match Test series that gets underway from July 8 in Hampshire. Also Read - German Court Lifts COVID-19 Lockdown Near Meat Plant
The players were reportedly picked from the various islands before being flown together via a chartered flight and expected to arrive in Manchester on Tuesday. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown Extension News: Complete Shutdown For 5 Days in Ganjam District From July 9
“All the players’ and staff test results are confirmed as negative,” Johnny Grave, the Cricket West Indies chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo. Also Read - Robot to The Rescue: Robotic Trolley 'Gollar' Serves Medicines, Food at Quarantine Ward in Mumbai
As per the UK guidelines, the entire Windies squad will go into self-isolation for two weeks after reaching England but will be allowed to train as they are staying in an on-site hotel.
The two venues (Hampshire and Manchester) have been chosen for their close proximity to hotels limiting traveling.
“As soon as they get to Old Trafford they will go to a holding room in the stadium where they will be able to have breakfast and at the same time go in batches to get tested again. And then we should get those test results by Thursday,” Grave said.
However, the squad can only start training once they again test negative for the novel COVID-19.
“We will be training from Thursday once we get the UK test results back. We’ve got to prepare as we’ve got to defend the Wisden Trophy. We are not going there to fulfil the ECB’s broadcast requirements, we are going there to win,” Graves said.
West Indies Squad: Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican