The prevailing situation of the cricketing world is presenting a frustrating picture for everyone, more for cricket fans who are deprived of all the live-action. Hitting more than 200 countries, the novel coronavirus has caught approximately 3.8 million people across the world, while more than 264,000 deaths have been recorded. Therefore, it was natural to see all the cricketing activities getting suspended.
However, a ray of hope has emerged with England likely to battle Pakistan in July and August with a new schedule. It has been learned that the authorities have directed the English cricketers to observe daily temperature checks and a possible nine-week isolation period from families to hold the cricketing action against West Indies and Pakistan.
For this to happen, the team was informed about the biosecurity measures which are needed to hold the six red-ball games (against West Indies and Pakistan) at the iconic venues of Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford. The finality of the decision is yet to be confirmed, but there are bright chances for cricket fans to soothe their eyes with live-action. Moreover, the fact that the two aforementioned stadiums have on-site hotels could help the England Cricket Board (ECB) in presenting a strong case in front of their central government.
A total of 30 players could be picked for this purpose as this will allow the English unit to rotate their players while keeping them fresh. Without a shadow of a doubt, it would not be an easy task for cricketers to commit to all the guidelines. It also depends on the prevalence of the COVID-19 cases as the standard operating procedures (SOPs) can be tweaked accordingly.
If things go as per the laid down plans, West Indies would play England in three test matches from July 8. This will be followed by Pakistan battling the English team for a series of three red-ball games followed by as many T20Is. It is important to report that ECB is set to face a loss of £380 million with no cricket this summer. Therefore, the governing body wants to leave no stone unturned to mitigate the loss.