ECB’s USD 3 Million Loan Was Not a Condition to Tour England: CWI President
Manchester will host two of the three Tests of the series (© AFP)

Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Ricky Skeritt has denied that the loan given to them by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was just a help as they were in need of immediate cash and refused to link it with them agreeing to tour the country amidst coronavirus pandemic.

In May, ECB loaned CWI USD 3 million which ended up being investigated by the ICC.

However, Skerritt has rejected speculations that the loan was the reason why the tour was agreed upon.

“It was just a matter of when the tour would take place and if the ECB could assure the CWI medical experts that the health risk would be minimal to ensure the safety of our players and staff,” Skerritt told ESPNcricinfo. “Money had nothing to do with our final decision to make this tour. Holding out a hand for a pay-off is not the way CWI does business.”

England will host West Indies for a three-match Test series starting July 8 which will mark the resumption of international cricket since coronavirus brought the sport to a screeching halt in March.

West Indies squad led by Jason Holder has arrived in England and are currently undergoing a mandatory 14-day isolation period. The absence of cricket has hurt several cricket boards financially with CWI approaching ICC for a loan before ECB bailed them out.

“We needed cash urgently.The communication (with ICC) was beginning to look like it would take quite long to be approved and CWI had no other reliable source of cash at that time. CWI asked ECB if they could make the advance instead, with the ICC providing the security. ECB agreed on the basis that ICC would then pay the advance back directly in July,” Skerritt revealed.

“ICC Finance officials were always fully aware of the transparent arrangements and soon became a legal party to the loan agreement,” he added.