England all-rounder Chris Jordan has heaped praises on the West Indies cricket team for agreeing to come to the United Kingdom (UK) for their three-Test series, commencing from 8 July, in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The series is set to mark the resumption of cricket after the coronavirus enforced break which saw almost all cricketing activities get suspended or cancelled.
Jordan also praised the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for being able to organise the series amid the health concerns.
“Obviously those talks must have gone on for a few months and I guess the bottom line is that I’m just happy that agreement was reached and that they took the steps to even come here,” Jordan told Sky Sports.
“A lot of guys might have had concerns and raised a lot of questions around coming to England but that’s a credit to the ECB and all of the medical staff at the ECB for obviously relaying the correct information and being very thorough and basically painting a vivid picture for them of what life would look like here for them.”
Jordan believes that the excitement of the players to get back on the field was more than the apprehension of playing in such troubled times. He also hoped that the series turns out to be an exciting one as people from all over the world would be closely following it.
“I guess that all of the guys who came were willing to accept that in terms of having to isolate and probably being as not as free as they normally do when they come on English tours.”
“But I guess just like everyone else they just want to get back out there and play cricket and they obviously saw it as an opportunity to do so and we must be very grateful for that and hopefully both teams can put on a great show because I’m sure the whole world will be watching.”
West Indies had beaten England when the two teams met in their last series which happened in the Caribbean Islands. This implies that a draw in the series would be enough for them to retain the Wisden Trophy.