The West Indies cricket team, led by captain Jason Holder, arrived in Manchester early Tuesday morning for the Sandals England Tour 2020 as they continue the journey towards the resumption of international cricket.
They left for England after the entire touring party tested negative for the coronavirus. West Indies and England will square off in a three-match Test series that gets underway from July 8 in Hampshire.
The players were reportedly picked from the various islands before being flown together via a chartered flight and expected to arrive in Manchester on Tuesday.
“All the players’ and staff test results are confirmed as negative,” Johnny Grave, the Cricket West Indies chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo.
As per the UK guidelines, the entire Windies squad will go into self-isolation for two weeks after reaching England but will be allowed to train as they are staying in an on-site hotel.
However, the squad can only start training once they again test negative for the novel COVID-19.
“We will be training from Thursday once we get the UK test results back. We’ve got to prepare as we’ve got to defend the Wisden Trophy. We are not going there to fulfil the ECB’s broadcast requirements, we are going there to win,” Graves said.
West Indies Squad: Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Jason Holder (captain), Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach
Reserves: Sunil Ambris, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.