England’s Test and one-day games this summer will cost up to £10m as ECB must pick up the bill for flights, accommodation and testing of tourists
- ECB are resigned to the costs and view them as a sensible investment
- The summer schedule will protect around £120m in broadcast revenue
- The large cost works out at a staggering £238,000 for every day of action
The ECB are budgeting for a bill of up to £10million to deliver England’s Test and one-day games this summer.
The large cost of staging games at biosecure venues and the associated fees for accommodation, testing and charter flights for the tourists works out at a staggering £238,000 for every day of action.
The ECB are resigned to the costs and view them as a sensible investment, as hosting international cricket will enable the governing body to protect around £120m in broadcast revenue.
The West Indies will spend two weeks training in quarantine at Old Trafford from next Tuesday
The West Indies will be the first tourists to arrive next week, having named a 25-man squad for three Tests, but Pakistan and Ireland are also due to tour later in the summer with 42 days of international cricket featured in England’s schedule.
In addition, it is hoped that Australia will also visit for one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in September, although they are yet to be confirmed.
England’s women are also due to play one-day international and Twenty20 series against India and South Africa respectively, which the ECB are seeking to rearrange. These would add to their considerable bill for flights, accommodation and testing.
The ECB have committed to paying for charter flights for West Indies and Pakistan at a cost of around £500,000, although getting the tourists here will just be the start of their considerable expenses. The West Indies will spend two weeks training in quarantine at Emirates Old Trafford from next Tuesday, with exclusive use of an area of the Hilton Hotel at the ground paid for by the ECB.
The final two matches of the three-match series are set to be held at Old Trafford next month
In addition, West Indies players will have Covid-19 tests before going into quarantine and be tested once or twice a week thereafter, as will all members of the England squad and staff.
Pakistan and Ireland are expected to receive similar treatment for their tours later in the summer so the costs will quickly spiral.
The ECB are in the process of finalising their operational protocols for the West Indies series, which will begin with the first Test at the Ageas Bowl starting on July 8 before two further Tests at Old Trafford.
The protocols will involve between 200 and 250 crucial match-day staff being tested for Covid-19 before entering the so-called ‘bubble’ at the ground, followed by daily temperature tests.
Like the Premier League, the ECB are planning to operate inner and outer zones at grounds during international matches.
All personnel within the inner zone will receive Covid-19 tests, and those working in the outer zone, including media, will be restricted to daily temperature tests.
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