England in talks with West Indies after South Africa withdraws due to travel restrictions

Men from the West Indies have toured the English soil and if reports are concrete then women are on their way too. Cricket West Indies and Wales Cricket Board are said to be discussing the chances of the international fixture this summer.

 

England in talks with West Indies for a series
England in talks with West Indies for a series. Pic Credits: Getty Images

 

England was supposed to meet India and South Africa but their tours were called off due to the pandemic and related concerns. According to reliable sources, the English cricket board is hoping to have some form of international women’s cricket this summer. Moreover, considering the fact that men from Windies have already toured, West Indies emerges as one of the top-runners for some matches to take place in September.

It has to be noted that there are few serious concerns for the authorities to address before they sketch a concrete plan for the summer. There is, notably, various levels of restrictions in the Caribbean countries. Moreover, many members of the West Indies squad are yet to resume their training. An important call will be placed by Johnny Grave, who is the chief executive of Cricket West Indies, and Clare Connor, the managing director of women’s cricket in English Cricket Board.

There would be a discussion on the tour and when the tour can have a go-ahead. Apart from Windies, Irish Board has also approached the ECB expressing their desire in touring English soil. The men from Ireland, too, have been hosted by England for a one-day international series. Further, the logistics of carrying the Irish side would be simpler but the Windies will assure a more competitive matchup on the field.

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The members of the English side are back in training since last month with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint trophy set to begin on August 29. It has to be noted that English men are prepared to have a complete summer with all the fixtures checked for them. The women, on the other side, have managed only to reach the tables where only proposals are being sent in the name of resumption.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

 

Clare said, “We are immensely disappointed that we are not yet able to confirm fixtures for England Women this summer due to India and South Africa being unable to travel”.

Women need International fixtures to revive at the earliest or else it will be correct to assume that years of efforts in opening the game for both the genders seem to have little effect.

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