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England’s house sequence towards West Indies might be rescheduled till September and even performed within the Caribbean as a result of COVID-19 disaster.At current the perimeters are scheduled to play three Exams in England with the primary because of begin at The Kia Oval on June 4. However with it now all however inevitable that the beginning of the English home season might be considerably delayed and a peak in COVID-19 instances within the UK anticipated in June, it appears extremely unlikely the sequence will proceed as deliberate.ESPNcricinfo understands that the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have held a number of discussions in latest days. The choices into consideration embrace the opportunity of rescheduling the sequence – with September the obvious time – or staging it within the Caribbean. It’s understood CWI have additionally provided to host England’s three-Check sequence towards Pakistan, scheduled to start out on July 30.Whereas there are COVID-19 instances within the Caribbean, the virus would seem, at this stage, to have taken maintain much more within the UK. There have, for instance, been solely two reported instances in every of Barbados and St Lucia and one in Antigua.”I’ve spoken to Tom Harrison a few instances in the previous couple of days,” Jonny Grave, CWI’s CEO advised ESPNcricinfo, “and warranted him that we’ll be as versatile, supportive and useful as attainable.”To that finish, sure, we’ve got provided to host the sequence right here within the Caribbean if that’s deemed useful. The ECB would retain all business and broadcast rights.”This isn’t about us making an attempt to reap the benefits of the scenario. It is in regards to the cricket group working collectively at a troublesome time for everybody and, one of many many nice issues in regards to the Caribbean is, we are able to play cricket all 12 months spherical. There has lengthy been a particular relationship between the cricket communities within the Caribbean and England and we needed to make it clear we are going to do every little thing we are able to to assist.”England are additionally scheduled to host Eire for 3 ODIs in mid-September. It’s attainable, nonetheless, that two England squads – one Check and the opposite limited-overs – might be in motion in other places on the identical time.West Indies additionally produce other commitments later within the 12 months. They’re scheduled to host New Zealand (in three ODIs and three T20Is) between July eight and July 19 earlier than South Africa arrive (for 2 Exams and 5 T20Is) between July 23 and August 16. Financially, the sequence towards England is extra worthwhile to CWI, nonetheless, so it stays attainable these excursions is also rescheduled.CWI are additionally understood to be contemplating the opportunity of rescheduling the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to December if needed. This could see it working for simply three or 4 weeks – most likely requiring the necessity for a number of double-headers – over the Christmas and New 12 months interval and put it in competitors with Australia’s Huge Bash League. In a fast-moving scenario, it appears all prospects might be thought of and it’s far too early to substantiate any particulars.