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ECB announce schedule of three Tests against WI in July

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the upcoming schedule for the three-match Test series between England and West Indies earlier today.

The first Test will be played in Southampton from July 8, while Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford in Manchester will host the remaining two games, from July 16 and 24 respectively. All games will be played behind closed doors.

The highly-anticipated series will be the first international series that will be held after the extended break that has halted all sporting actions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

West Indies are scheduled to arrive in England on June 9 and will undergo a 14-day quarantine period before they start training. They will be accommodated at the Old Trafford and will train at the ground for three weeks.

“Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff, broadcasters and media,” Steve Elworthy, ECB’s director of events, said.

“We are in daily dialogue with Government and our medical team, who have been incredibly supportive during this period. These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to UK Government approval.

“We would like to thank Cricket West Indies for their co-operation and dedication in making this tour a reality, and we all look forward to the prospect of cricket returning in the coming weeks.”

The tour was originally going to be held from June 5 before the pandemic and the lockdown forced the boards to postpone the series.

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