CA hopeful of Windies tour amid COVID-19 threat

May 29, 2020
 West Indies players celebrate beating England by 26 runs in a One-Day International match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last year.
West Indies players celebrate beating England by 26 runs in a One-Day International match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last year.

MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):

Cricket Australia (CA) has pencilled West Indies into its summer programme and says it is confident it can pull off the itinerary amidst the threat posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

In the itinerary released yesterday, Cricket Australia has scheduled the Windies for three Twenty20 Internationals from October 4-9, with India to follow immediately afterwards in another three-match series.

The games represent part of Australia's preparation for the T20 World Cup set to bowl off here from October 18 to November 15 but which remains under a cloud due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said the governing body had been encouraged by the way authorities here had managed the pandemic.

"While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combating the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21," Roberts said.

Beyond our control

"We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we'll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required."

No cricket has been staged globally in nearly three months after governments across the world scrambled to lock down their respective borders to mitigate against the spread of the virus.

Australia was among the first countries to initiate lockdowns back in March, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this week the borders were unlikely to reopen "any time soon".

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