Mumbai: Ahead of the three-match Test series against England, West Indies captain Jason Holder said that the entire Windies team is highly motivated for the series against England and is ready to give our best.
Holder said, “West Indians are inspired and motivated in different ways. In the previous series, especially against England, people have said things prior to the series beginning, and that has fuelled a lot of things within us as West Indians.”
“Who knows, it can be something serious that we can build on and we can get some real positive energy through the group. After we sit down to discuss and have a common sense in everyone’s mind, Shall we formulate our plans,” he added.
West Indies skipper also said that the three-Test series between England-West Indies will mark the return of international cricket.
“This is not going to be a normal bilateral series here in England. But at the end of the day, this is where we are with the state of world cricket – the state of the world, per se. No doubt it will be different. But we just have to get on with it and try to make the most of the circumstances in these trying times.”
Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetimer, and Chemo Paul have refused to tour England for a three-Test series, and CWI has said that the body respects their decision and will not hold it against them while considering the future selection.
The West Indies team will live, train, and play in a ‘bio-safe’ environment as part of a comprehensive medical and operations plan to ensure player and staff safety during the seven weeks of the tour.
Bio-safe protocols will restrict movement in and out of places. Therefore the selection panel has also made a list of reserved players, who will help in traveling the train and preparing the test team and ensure that replacement is available in case of any injury.
The proposed dates for three Tests are:
First Test: July 8-12 at Ageas Bowl.
Second Test: July 16-20 at Emirates Old Trafford.
Third Test: July 24-28 at Emirates Old Trafford.