Pooran — Run With It!

Nicholas Pooran, the Trinidad and Windies 24-year-old wicket-keeper batsman, says he wouldn’t “mind the shelter in place” or isolation with teammates and staff if that’s what it takes for the regional side’s tour of England to go ahead.

“To be honest, normally when you are in Bangladesh and India, that’s all we do,” said Pooran.

He further said, “I know it’s difficult, but I guess this is a good time to spend some time with your teammates and try to build a better relationship with them.”

The Windies rising star wicket-keeper batsman also noted, “we are professionals, so we have to do it. At the end of the day, that’s our job, so we have to do it,” he declared.”

Pooran was speaking at a virtual forum organized by the UWI Mona Campus’ Faculty of Sports.

Windies tour of England was originally set to take place next month, but given the spread of COVID-19, the three-Test series have been pushed back to a possible July 8 start date.

The decision to postpone the tour came as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the safe resumption of the sport in Britain as well as international air travel.

In April, the CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave, said, “We continue to be in regular dialogue with the ECB on when and how we might be able to rearrange the Test series.”

“Clearly playing in June is now not possible, and we will continue our discussions with the ECB and other Internationals Boards on trying to find new dates. We will only travel to England to play the series if our players can be assured that it is safe to do so,” he added back then.

Now, new plans are in motion to have the test played in what is being called a bio-secure environment where players and essential support staff would be held away from the public for the duration of the tour, and matches would be held without spectators.

The matches would be held in two venues, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, given the presence of hotels on site.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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