West Indies captain Jason Holder said international cricket will take a "huge step forward" following the coronavirus shutdown as his team arrived on June 9 for a Test series in England.
The players were reportedly picked up from the various islands before being flown together via a chartered flight. The entire touring party tested negative for the coronavirus before leaving the Caribbean.
"This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series. A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game," said Holder.The West Indies squad arrived in England on Tuesday ahead of a three-Test tour behind closed doors. Every member of the 39-strong touring party, including 25 players, tested negative for the coronavirus before they set off on a charter flight to Manchester airport.
Fans who have had to make do with months of television repeats can now look forward to the real thing again, with England captain Joe Root saying of the West Indies' tour.
The three-match contest was originally meant to be played in June but will now start on July 8 instead because of the COVID-19 pandemic.