Joe Root helps reschedule West Indies summer Test series while Sri Lanka tour is now set for January as England face bumper 2021 schedule
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Joe Root has been involved in talks to reschedule England’s Test series amid news that the recently-abandoned tour of Sri Lanka is inked in for next January.
On Friday evening, the England captain was part of an ECB entourage that engaged with their Cricket West Indies’ counterparts on the logistics of re-positioning June’s postponed three-match series to a slot in July.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said on Saturday that England would return to fulfil their commitment of matches in Galle and Colombo in the first month of next year – although exact dates are yet to be finalised.
Joe Root has taken a role in discussions over rearranging England’s Test series with West Indies
That would mean a sequence of seven Tests in quick succession as England are due to take on India in a five-match series next January, a schedule for which is yet to be finalised.
‘Positive ongoing discussions with the ECB and CWI continued on Friday.
Both boards were represented including captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers from the respective boards,’ said an ECB spokesman of the move to start filling a truncated 2020 international season with a new itinerary.
West Indies are now set to play three-Test series in a new slot in July after its postponement
‘Discussions were wide-ranging including dialogue around revised schedules and COVID-19 medical and biosecurity planning.
‘Meetings will be ongoing over the next few months to reach an outcome of when international cricket could potentially return.
This is a long and detailed process and is very much in the early stages of planning. The guidance from the Government will emphasise what we can do.’
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