The England and Wales Cricket Board announced proposed dates and venues for a three-match Test series against West Indies in July.Also Read - Coronavirus' Delta Variant Cripples Asian Countries; China, Thailand & Malaysia Witness Record Surge
The series between England and West Indies has been scheduled to get underway from July 8 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, subject to government’s approval. It will then shift Old Trafford in Manchester for the second and third Tests slated to start from July 16 and 24 July respectively. Also Read - Districts Badly Hit by 2nd Wave May Not Witness Intense 3rd Wave, Claims ICMR Study
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As per the plan, West Indies squad is scheduled to arrive in the UK on June 9 for a mandatory three-week period of quarantine in Manchester before moving to the Ageas Bowl for the series opening Test.
“International venues were encouraged to submit their expressions of interest during a five-day window, based on several fundamental principles. Four venues submitted an interest in staging matches by the deadline of Monday 11 May, with the final recommendations for the use of the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford later ratified by the ECB Board,” ECB said in a statement on Tuesday.
Additionally, Edgbaston has been confirmed as a contingency venue and will be used to stage additional training throughout July.
“Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters and media. We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval,” ECB Director of Events Steve Elworthy said.
1st Test v West Indies: 8-12 July at Ageas Bowl
2nd Test v West Indies: 16-20 July at Emirates Old Trafford
3rd Test v West Indies: 24-28 July at Emirates Old Trafford
The venues were chosen after they met several criteria to ensure biosecure environment.