England vs West Indies match that sees the return of cricket after COVID-19
English skipper Ben Stokes knows he will have an "extra responsibility" on his shoulders as he leads the hosts against the West Indies in the first match that sees the return of cricket after the COVID-19 outbreak
The pressure of captaining England for the first time, with regular skipper Joe Root missing the match to attend the birth of his second child, would have been enough to concentrate all-rounder Stokes'' mind in normal circumstances.
But the first fixture in a three-Test series has been given added significance by the pandemic.
"I know everybody has been craving this, certainly from a players' point of view but I also think from a spectators' and fans' view," said Stokes on Tuesday. "This is a massive occasion for a lot of people."
No spectators will be allowed into the Ageas Bowl in a behind-closed-doors series that sees the other two Tests taking place at ...
Artificial crowd noise to pump players during ENG v WI Test series
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that artificial crowd noise and music will be used in the stadium to pump up players during England vs West Indies Test series, starting From July 8.
The first Test tomorrow will mark the return of international cricket after almost three months. Australia and New Zealand appeared in the last international outing on March 13 after which the whole world came at a standstill due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following the new cricket rules amid COVID-19 pandemic released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), ECB has provided a bio-secure environment to West Indians who arrived in England in June.
To add some excitement during the series, ECB and Cricket West Indies (WICB) has agreed to install artificial crowd noise in the stadium. Both the boards believe that it will provide feel to the players while battling for victory.
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India fears T20 World Cup delay could hamper IPL 2020
India's cricket leaders are becoming impatient with the world body's delays in deciding whether the Twenty20 World Cup will go ahead this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The World Cup holdup is stopping the Board of Control for Cricket in India from setting a date for its biggest earner, the Indian Premier League.
The International Cricket Council has said it will make a decision in July on the future of the 20 over event which was due to start in Australia in October. But no date for a meeting has been announced.
"Why they (the ICC) are delaying we have no idea," BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told AFP, adding the BCCI was "already planning (the IPL) and we are looking for a window."
"We will see how the situation pans out," he said. "We will explore options whether we can have it here or overseas."
The United Arab Emirates and Sri ...