New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After a long break of 116 days, international cricket will be resuming today (July 8) with England taking on West Indies in a three-match test series scheduled in the United Kingdom.

All international cricket tournaments were put on hold or cancelled since March due to the coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Not just cricket, whole sporting action across the world came to a standstill due to the pandemic.

Likewise, football leagues -- La Liga, Serie A, Premier League -- the series between England and West Indies will be played behind closed doors, and the three matches will be played in two stadiums.

The England-Windies Test series will be held at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl and Lancashire's Emirates Old Trafford, which have been chosen as bio-secure venues. The bio-secure protocols will also restrict movement in and out of the venues.

Dates and Squads for England vs West Indies Test Series:

The first Test will be played from July 8-12 at Ageas Bowl, while the Second Test will be played from July 16-20 at Emirates Old Trafford. The third Test will be played from July 24-28 at Emirates Old Trafford.

England squad for the first Test: Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

West Indies squad for the first Test: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, and Kemar Roach.

When and Where to Watch:

The live broadcast of the first Test match between England and West Indies can be seen on Sony's Sports Channel. One can visit Sony Six, Sony HD, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten Sports 1 and Sony Ten Sports HD 1 to enjoy the match. The first Test between England and West Indies gets underway later today from 3:30 PM IST.

Safety Precautions issued by ICC for resuming international cricket:

- As safety precautions against the coronavirus, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has also brought about some changes to the playing conditions. The new guidelines include the ban of saliva to shine the ball and allowing replacement of players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match.

- Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.

- A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences.

- Also, the requirement to appoint neutral match officials has been temporarily removed from the playing conditions for all international formats owing to the current logistical challenges with international travel. The ICC will be able to appoint locally based match officials from the ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the ICC International Panel of Match Officials.

- Moreover, teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the match referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement. However, the regulation for COVID-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is.


(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan