The fixtures have been all as a result of happen in June however on Friday noticed the England and Wales Cricket Board lengthen the delay to the beginning of its season till July 1.
English officers stay hopeful they will reschedule all worldwide fixtures in a programme that additionally contains three extra Tests towards Pakistan and white-ball matches towards Australia and Ireland, from July till September.
CWI chief govt Johnny Grave insisted whereas the West Indies have been open to a change of dates, participant security remained the precedence.
“Clearly playing in June is now not possible and we will continue our discussions with the ECB and other international boards on trying to find new dates,” mentioned Grave in a press release from the governing physique.
“Our respective medical teams are beginning to discuss how this (England) series could be played whilst guaranteeing the health and safety of our players and support team. We will be as flexible as we can without compromising the safety of our team,” Grave, himself an Englishman, added.
Even if the 2 boards discover mutually acceptable dates, Britain’s lockdown restrictions must ease for the sequence to happen in England and even guidelines banning mass gatherings would seemingly nonetheless be in power, which means matches must happen behind closed doorways.
ECB chief govt Tom Harrison mentioned on Friday the board had acquired “multiple offers” from different international locations to assist them full the home season.
His feedback got here after Surrey chairman Richard Thompson earlier mentioned Abu Dhabi had supplied to host matches for the ECB.
“We’ve had offers as far away as Australia and New Zealand,” mentioned Harrison. “Those offers are on the table. I haven’t had anything from Abu Dhabi, but that’s not to say the offer hasn’t been made.”
But Harrison, whereas nonetheless aiming for England to stage a full dwelling 2020 worldwide season, warned: “We’re probably getting to the point now where any further delays beyond where we’ve already started planning for will involve losing cricket rather than rescheduling again.”
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