England players set to make return to training

The hope for the centrally-contracted men is that, with sporting events deemed to have a chance to resume in empty stadia from 1 June under step two of the strategy, and the ECB lining up six Tests against West Indies and Pakistan from 8 July, they can begin having one-on-one net sessions outdoors, provided a two-metre distance is still observed by the participants. The ECB is continuing to work on the medical and logistical requirements for playing international fixtures in “biosecure” conditions and Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies, has shared his belief that a near full-strength side will travel given the assurances being sought. “Fortunately, we do not expect that because I do not see any reason for anybody to say [the players] will be less safe in the UK than they will be at home under the circumstances.” The Pakistan Cricket Board is making more cautious noises about their side’s proposed visit in August in advance of a conference call with the ECB on Friday.