The ICC welcome the return of cricket as England face West Indies

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The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), Manu Sawhney, welcomed the resumption of international cricket on Wednesday 8 July 2020 as the first Test of the series between England and the West Indies marks the first time the game has been contested at international level in over three months.

Speaking ahead of the match on Tuesday, Sawhney commended the work done by the England Cricket Board and their West Indies counterparts in making the series happen.

ICC WELCOME THE RETURN OF CRICKET

“We are delighted at the resumption of international cricket with England taking on the West Indies in a Test series beginning tomorrow,” Sawhney said.

“I would like to thank the ECB for their tireless efforts in ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to ensure the safety and security of participants.”

The CEO hopes that cricket as a whole can benefit from the momentum created by the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which drew record TV audiences earlier this year.

“Exactly four months ago to the day, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final was watched by millions of fans the world over, and we are sure the excitement remains as high.

“I wish both teams and the match officials the very best for what promises to be an exciting series.”

RAIN DAMPENS RETURN OF CRICKET

After months of preparations and careful planning, cricket’s eternal nemesis, the weather conspired to ruin the first day’s play as England took on the West Indies in Southampton.

Rain delayed the start of play and wiped out the morning session. When play did get underway it wasn’t long before the covers made their return. England won the toss and elected to bat first with stand-in skipper Ben Stokes unswayed by the overhead conditions in determining his course.

Shannon Gabriel had enough time to clean up England opener Dom Sibley who left a straight one only to hear the death rattle of his stumps being disturbed. Soon after rain returned suspending play at 1/1 in England’s first innings.

Play resumed in the afternoon and at the time of writing England were 7/1 in the eighth over. Rory Burns and Joe Denly were enduring a probing spell from Kemar Roach and Gabriel.

ENGLAND VS WEST INDIES PLAYING XIS

England XI: 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Joe Denly, 4 Zak Crawley, 5 Ben Stokes (capt), 6 Ollie Pope, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Dom Bess, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Mark Wood, 11 James Anderson.

West Indies XI: 1 John Campbell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel. 

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