Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief
executive Johnny Grave would expect to send a full-strength side if his
side's tour of England goes ahead, but admits the UK's status as "one of
the eyes of the storm" in the coronavirus pandemic is a hurdle.
The West Indies Test series has already been delayed due to the
sporting lockdown, but there is an open line of dialogue between the two
boards around the possibility of return to action in July.
For that to happen the ECB would need not only a governmental green
light but also the agreement of the Caribbean cricketers selected to
travel at a time of global uncertainty.
Grave believes a first-choice squad would likely make themselves
available if the health advice allowed the trip to take place but also
hinted that the Covid-19 death rate on these shores was a concern.
"Ultimately cricketers want to play cricket, it's hugely important to
their livelihoods and the survival of our respective organisations,"
Grave told Sky Sports' Cricket Show.
"Hopefully the lure of playing England and retaining the Wisden
Trophy will kick in, as long as we can be exactly certain it is going to
"We'll give players the choice but I don't expect to be taking a weakened team to England, if we get that far."
He added: "In terms of global news, there are relatively few cases
here in the Caribbean, therefore we're relatively safe from a
coronavirus point of view.
"Just in terms of sheer numbers of deaths in the UK, obviously over
30 000 people is an enormous number... it is a very different mindset
here in terms of going to what is seen as one of the eyes of the storm
of this virus.
"So we're going to have to be very, very careful that first up we
take the medical advice that the ECB give us and secondly that we're 100
percent sure that we're not putting any player's health at risk before
we can contemplate the tour taking place."