England will host the West Indies for a three-match Test sequence beginning on July 8, marking the return of cricket following an nearly four-month break because of the coronavirus pandemic. The first match of the three-Test series will likely be performed on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, whereas the Old Trafford in Manchester will host the subsequent two Tests in a bio-secure atmosphere. With no spectators, the viewers on tv will witness some unprecedented changes, like saliva ban and permitting substitute of gamers who show COVID-19 signs.
What is a bio-secure atmosphere for cricket?
A bio-secure atmosphere is deliberate to forestall the introduction and/or unfold of dangerous viruses, on this case, coronavirus. With bio-secure venues for cricket matches, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is aiming to minimise the danger of transmission of the virus from one particular person to a different.
To guarantee bio-security, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has deliberate to host the primary Test in Southampton and the subsequent two in Manchester. Originally, the matches have been scheduled to be performed earlier than crowds at The Oval, Edgbaston and Lord’s. However, the video games have been shifted to the Ageas Bowl and the Old Trafford amid the COVID-19 scare as each venues have on-site accommodations.
The accommodations throughout the premises of the bio-secure atmosphere will guarantee no staff bus or participant steps out of the secured space.
The visiting West Indies squad will stay in quarantine for at the least three weeks earlier than the primary Test. Other attendees like match officers, broadcasters and different workers must adhere to the norms set by the ECB.
Earlier, former India batsman Rahul Dravid had rejected the idea and opined that taking part in in a bio-secure atmosphere is “unrealistic”.
“It is a bit unrealistic to have things at the level, the ECB is talking about. Obviously, the ECB is very keen to conduct these series because they have had no other cricket…,” Dravid mentioned throughout a webinar in May.
“Even if they are potentially able to create a bubble and manage it in that way, I think it will be impossible for everyone to do it with the kind of calendar that we have, with the travelling that you do on tours and the number of people involved,” he added.
Not simply the ECB, even South Africa has instructed that the scheduled tour by India could be tried out in a bio-secure atmosphere.
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