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CWI approves England tour

Cricket West Indies has approved the Test tour of England, paving the way for the controversial three-Test series to proceed in July.

In a statement late Friday, CWI said the decision was made following discussions between its medical advisors and the England and Wales County Board (ECB).

The board said permission would now be sought from various Caribbean governments for players and officials to be transported by charter plane, and to be also tested for COVID-19.

Nearly all Caribbean nations have closed their borders to air passenger traffic due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

“CWI will continue to fine-tune the various arrangements with the ECB, whilst they await final UK government approval of their plans for a bio-secure tour with all three Test Matches being played behind closed doors,” the regional governing body said.

Under the current ECB proposal, West Indies will be flown by charter to the United Kingdom where they will undergo two weeks of quarantine, before being moved to a “bio-secure” playing venue.

Both teams will be prohibited from contact with the public during the series.

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