The Caribbean cricket board has offered to host England’s three-test series against Pakistan, which is scheduled to be held in July, according to a report.
England is also scheduled to host West Indies for three Tests in June before the Pakistan series. However, both the aforementioned series are now under a cloud due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, with the coronavirus cases expected to surge around June in the United Kingdom (UK), CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are now looking at various options with regards to rescheduling the series.
The report further added that there is a possibility of shifting the Windies series against England to the Caribbean, which has prompted CWI to also explore the possibility of hosting the Test series between England and Pakistan.
Several Caribbean nations have reported positive COVID-19 cases but the situation is worse in Britain which has reported more than 100 deaths from the respiratory disease.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Jonny Grave has spoken to his English counterpart and offered to host the three-test series, ESPNcricinfo reported.
“I’ve spoken to Tom Harrison a couple of times in the last few days and assured him that we will be as flexible, supportive and helpful as possible,” Grave told the cricket website.
“To that end, yes, we have offered to host the series here in the Caribbean if that is deemed helpful. The ECB would retain all commercial and broadcast rights.”
Pakistan is also scheduled to play three One-day internationals (ODIs) against Netherlands and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against Ireland in July on their Euro tour before squaring off against England. It remains to be seen whether these matches will also be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
CWI has also offered to stage England’s three-test series against Pakistan which is scheduled to begin at Lord’s on July 30, the report added.
However, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson, any decision regarding the aforementioned series will be taken by the home boards.
“There is a lot of time in the series. The Netherlands and Ireland boards have made no contact just yet. The two countries will be hosting the Pakistan cricket team. Therefore, any decisions are also to be made by them. Right now, it will probably be premature to say that the staging of the series is uncertain,” PCB spokesperson said.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will consult county executives on Thursday to discuss the possible rescheduling of the domestic season.
England bowler James Anderson feared he might not get to bowl in potentially his last summer of English cricket.
“Cricket and sport is not the be all and end all but it is my livelihood, it’s all I know,” the 37-year-old told BBC’s Tailenders podcast.
“There’s a chance we might not even bowl a ball this summer.”
Anderson, test cricket’s most prolific fast bowler, played the last of his 151 tests in Cape Town earlier this year before a rib injury ended his South Africa tour and kept him out of the cancelled two-test tour of Sri Lanka.
“The season is unlikely to start. It’s still a little bit hazy as to what’s going to happen,” he said. “I feel a little bit anxious. Just the not knowing is giving me a bit of anxiety.”