Test Series Against the Windies getting ‘less and less likely’ says Giles
Updated: Apr 14, 2020
The ECB’s director of cricket Ashley Giles speaks openly about the fact that the test series against the West Indies may be cancelled as the corona virus pandemic continues to worsen.
Professional cricket in the UK has already been postponed to 28th May. Six days later, on June 4th England’s summer of cricket is due to kick off Lord’s in one of three test matches against the West Indies.
In an interview with Sky Sports the ex-England spinner said ‘We have to look at alternatives and we are looking at just how far back into the summer we can push cricket’.
Other test series this summer such as Australia’s visit to Bangladesh have already been postponed.
‘We have to fulfill the current fixtures’ Ashley Giles, ECB director of Cricket
England have a packed international summer ahead including T20s and ODIs against Australia, Tests and T20s against Pakistan and a three game ODI series against Ireland in September.
Currently,the fixture list runs all the way from June 4th to September 15th.
"We've got to look at trying to fulfil those current fixtures, just in a different place, if we can” , 47 year old Giles went on to say. "We have really good relations with these boards and we’re doing whatever we can to look at scenarios where we can push our cricket back, which would give us the best chance of playing as much international cricket as possible."
Asked whether two different formats on the same day running concurrently Giles stayed that it was ‘feasible’ but that you could have ‘a Test match running and play a T20 or an ODI the day before or the day after a Test match’ instead.
This echoes the remarks of England Captain Eoin Morgan who said that ‘all options’ were on the table. Sussex chief executive Rob Andrews also re-iterated this message last week when he told the BBC that ‘nothing is ruled in but nothing is ruled out’.
Giles also stressed that players becoming match fit after lockdown was key. Saying that they were looking at ‘all options’ including intra-squad matches.
England’s Test Series against the West Indies is due to commence June 4th.