Twitter reactions on West Indies reaching England: Twitterati rejoices as resumption of international cricket nears reality.
Having boarded a chartered flight from Antigua last evening, the West Indian cricket team has reached Manchester for their historic three-match Test series against England which will resume international cricket amidst the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled to commence on June 4 and end on June 29, the series will now be played between July 8 – July 28. With West Indies approving England’s proposal, it was only a matter of time before the England Cricket Board completed the formalities with getting government’s permission for conducting the series.
While the first Test will be played at Southampton, the next two will be played at Old Trafford. Both the venues will be converted into bio-secure environments to provided optimum security to the players from coronavirus.
West Indies, who will train at the Old Trafford in a bio-secure environment for three weeks, will move to Southampton on July 3.
The 25-man West Indies squad has been accompanied by 11-member support staff. All the individual had tested negative for coronavirus in Antigua and are expected to undergo another Test in Manchester.
“As soon as they [players] get to Old Trafford they will go to a holding room in the stadium where they will be able to have breakfast and at the same time go in batches to get tested again
“And then we should get those test results by Thursday. We will be training from Thursday once we get the UK test results back,” Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave had told ESPNcricinfo.
Twitter reactions on West Indies reaching England
Welcome to England @windiescricket! 👋
We are delighted to have you here and can’t wait for our Test series to get started 🏏 pic.twitter.com/XH9VJlITJL
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 9, 2020
Thank you!🙏🏾 WI can’t wait to get started!🙌🏾 https://t.co/ViE9AQ0cVX
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) June 9, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2020
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 9, 2020
💥 West Indies have landed in Manchester. They’ll be based here for the next three weeks before the start of the Test series in Southampton on July 8! #CricketIsComingBack 🤞
Photos: ECB/GettyImages pic.twitter.com/X7OtDbrpP6
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) June 9, 2020
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 9, 2020
I’m pretty certain that this Test series #EngvWI will be the most-watched and followed sporting event of 2020!
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 9, 2020
Very encouraging news from the world of sports today. West Indies cricket team has landed in England to play three Tests. Adelaide Oval has been allowed 2000 spectators for the AFL match on Saturday which suggests cricket in Australia this summer could have some crowd too.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 9, 2020
Huge kudos to the West Indies cricket team, who arrived in Manchester this morning for their three-Test tour behind closed doors.
If the UK had very few deaths from a pandemic and the Caribbean had 40,000+, would England have been prepared to fly there to play cricket?
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) June 9, 2020
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