The next process will involve logistics, with CWI's management seeking approvals from various national governments of the Caribbean "to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party". "I would hope that would be in place well before the Test series starts in July", ECB director of events Steve Elworthy said. "That still needs to be agreed".More news: Arrested CNN Reporter Resumes Coverage
"With no global cricket now being played anywhere in the world, and with great uncertainty of when regular cricket activity will resume, CWI - like many other global sporting organisations worldwide - is facing a significant loss of income, whilst also being uncertain of the long-term impact of the crisis on our operations", said CWI in its statement on Saturday.
If Australia do tour, it is possible that the matches could be played at Edgbaston or Chester-le-Street, rather than exclusively at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, the two biosecure venues which will host all England's Test matches this summer. In case of a player suffering from an illness or a disease, they can not bat or bowl for their side.More news: Trump says U.S. will designate Antifa 'terrorist organisation'
The approval of stage three of the return to elite sport came only two days after the European Central Bank pushed back the start of the domestic season until August 1. "From a planning point of view, we have got everything in place".
"This pandemic is hurting every West Indian and this decision to cut staff and player incomes has been a very hard one to make; one that will impact so many members of the cricketing family around the Caribbean", CWI president Ricky Skerritt said.More news: After Historic Launch, Capsule Docks With International Space Station
While cricket in England remains suspended until July 1, a group of 55 cricketers have been asked to return to training to prepare for the start of the English summer season.