Windies hosting England series 'unlikely' scenario insists CWI CEO Graves

By Sports Desk March 20, 2020

Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave has thrown cold water on suggestions that the region could step in and host this summer’s Test series against England, but insisted discussions remained ongoing.

Recent reports had suggested that the Caribbean was ready to accept a switch in series hosting duties, as most sporting events have faced major scheduling disruptions. 

With the virus also now beginning to more heavily impact the Caribbean, Grave admitted that he did not see how the West Indies would be in a better position to host the series if England could not.

"I have not had any discussions with England over whether we can host,” Grave told BBC Sport.

“It would be strange that England can't have cricket but the Caribbean can,” he added.

"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."

The official added that the regional cricket governing body has tried to remain as ‘flexible as possible’ but options were yet to be discussed.

"I have been in contact with [England and Wales Cricket board chief executive] Tom Harrison a few times over the last week," Grave said.

"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.

 "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.”

The first Test was scheduled to begin in London on June 4, followed by matches at Edgbaston and Lord's starting on 12 and 25 June respectively.

 

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