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Three Cricketers Refuse to Tour England

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Three cricketers refuse to tour England

Three cricketers - batsmen Shimron Hetmyer, Dreen Bravo and Keemo Paul - have refused to go on the West Indies tour of England citing concerns over the threat to their health and that of their families because of the coronavirus.

Last week it was announced that, in principle, Cricket West Indies (CWI) had agreed, in principle, to the rescheduled tour proceeding, and dates have now been announced for them to play three tests in 21 days in July.

The 25 man squad will fly to England on 9th June in a specially chartered plane from Barbados, which will cost 500,000 and has been paid for by the ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board). They will then spend three weeks in quarantine and training at Old Trafford, before heading down to Southampton for the first of the matches starting on July 8th.

Both teams will then head back to Old Trafford for the second and third matches in the series, starting on 16th and 24th July respectively. The two venues have been chosen because they have hotels attached to the grounds, ensuring that players, match officials and broadcasters can effectively self-isolate from the rest of the populace, to minimise any risk of the transmission of the disease.

All matches will be played behind closed doors, with no spectators in attendance, with the number of people in the grounds during the test matches limited to around 200, including ground staff and a skeleton crew of stadium personnel.

The West Indies captain Jason Holder had already said that no players would be forced to go on the tour against their will, and now the three have elected not to do so. However, the rest of the squad are reported to be keen to travel, despite the fact that they have all just had to take pay cuts.

CWI announced at the end of last month that all players, match officials and umpires in the region would see their salaries halved because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 epidemic.

As partial compensation, match fees for this tour will be increased. CWI are also hoping that the ECB will agree to a future lucrative tour of England by the West Indies as a goodwill gesture for having helped salvage some of their international cricketing summer.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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