London. The West Indies team completed 14 days of mandatory segregation on Monday after reaching England and will now play a three-day practice match amongst themselves to prepare for the three-Test series next month. The West Indies team arrived in Manchester in a special flight on 9 June and since then its players had been on segregation at the Old Trafford Ground and its associated hotel.
The West Indies have come here with a 25-member squad which includes 11 reserve players so that in case of injury to a player or getting infected by Kovid-19, he can be replaced immediately by a new player. The Caribbean team will now play a three-day practice match among themselves.
The first Test match will be played at the Ages Boule from July 8, while the second (July 16 to 20) and the third (July 24 to 28) will be played at Old Trafford. In this way, all three Test matches will be played within 21 days. These locations have been chosen because they have a hotel inside or near the stadium and a bio-safe environment can be created in them.
Despite these efforts by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), three West Indies players Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Chemo Paul refused to come on tour if their cricket board was allowed to decide at their own discretion. While playing during the series, players must follow certain stringent health rules, including not using saliva to shine the ball.
In addition, players and support staff will be constantly tested. The West Indies were scheduled to visit England in May and June according to a pre-determined schedule but were postponed due to the Corona virus epidemic.
West Indies Test Team: Jason Holder (Captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Craig Brathwaite, Shamer Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakim Cornwall, Shane Daurich, Kemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Ramon Reifer and Kemar Roach.
Reserve players: Sunil Ambaris, Joshua Dasilva, Shannon Gabriel, Kean Harding, Kyle Mayer, Preston McSwein, Marquino Mindley, Shiny Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshen Thomas and Jomel Warrican. (Language)