Fast bowling legend Andy Roberts has showed a disapproval regarding the decision of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) to allow the England tour ahead amid the COVID-19 pandemic, without ensuring any financial benefit from the three-Test series.
Why to tour England without compensation?
Although he did not have a problem with the series in principle, Roberts did not believe the West Indies should have been used for this historic “bio-secure” series without any financial
reward during this pandemic situation.
“I don’t have a problem with them negotiating to go to England. What I have a problem is that there are talks about West Indies not going to benefit from this tour financially, which I think would be a mistake because the chances we’re going to take I don’t know much more countries are willing to take that chance,” said Sir Andy.
He further added that all the revenue will be kept apart by the ECB, however in these exceptional circumstances some compensation should have been given to West Indies.
For the seven-week tour, the players will be isolated and play each Test behind closed doors at “bio-secure” venues with hotels on site. Recently, CWI Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave said , the regional governing body would pick up the tab for player match fees and other allowances, while the ECB had covered the “costs of all the mitigating factors” of the tour.