Members of the West Indies Test team returned to training in small groups days ago at Kensington Oval. This new move comes after an extended period away from the nets – due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
This latest move also suggests that the pending three-match Test series against England may become a reality.
In training, captain Jason Holder was joined by Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shane Dowrich and Shamarh Brooks, all of whom played in the last test match against Afghanistan in India last December.
Meanwhile, in an update, Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, noted that there are still ongoing discussions with England’s Cricket Board.
He said, “Based on the information we have at the moment, everyone is getting increasingly confident that the tour will happen at some point this summer.”
“Our next Board of Directors Teleconference is on May 28, and if the tour has to take place as currently planned, by the start of June, we would need to have their approval and support by then in order to get the charter flight logistics in place and select the players. It’s great news that the players are now able to begin their cricket training, having been restricted to fitness and conditioning work at home for the past few weeks, as we begin to prepare for defending the Wisden Trophy. We are in the final stages of discussions with the ECB, and we expect to hear from them shortly once their bio-secure plans have UK Government and ECB Board support.”
The players were under the careful and watchful eyes of West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick, as well as several coaches from the Barbados Cricket Association as they go through their exercise routine.
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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