Test series: Root optimistic; Holder says safety first
England Test captain Joe Root is in support of finding a way to make sure his side can welcome a visit from the West Indies as early as July.
For that to happen, the players would have to go through rigid isolation and testing protocols, as well as austere social distancing measures.
Of course, the proposal will include officials as well as media and the England skipper thinks it can work.
“I’m optimistic about it. It would be a real shame if it doesn’t happen. The public are desperate for some live sport and the guys are missing it,” said Root.
“The players would be sectioned off in one part of the hotel and would be in isolation together. There would be no interaction with the media, the TV crews or even the opposition when off the pitch.
“We would have separate lunchrooms. It would have a different feel to it but it’s probably manageable. Hopefully that is the case.”
According to the proposals, the three Tests would be played at ‘bio-secure’ venues behind closed doors.
Those venues, the proposal points out, are those that have hotels on location, like Manchester, Southampton and Headingly.
Root, while optimistic, is cognizant of the fact that Cricket West Indies (CWI) would have to take the risk.
In response, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder, has said his side would have to be certain of their safety before saying yes to such a proposal.
“This thing has been really, really serious as we all know and has claimed quite a few lives throughout the world and that’s the last thing any of us would really want,” said Holder.
“I think we’ve got to play the safety card first before we can even think about resuming our normal lives.”
In the meantime, CWI Chief Executive, Johnny Grave, has said the England Cricket Board’s proposals were being considered but that first all the moving parts would have to be understood.
England will be desperate to get back the Wisden Trophy they lost to the West Indies last year for the first time in a decade. (Sportsmax)