England cricketer Ben Stokes. (Source: Twitter)

The international cricket will finally return to England with the hosts taking on West Indies in a three-Test series scheduled to begin from July 8 in Southampton.

While England will begin the Test series against the Carribbean side, captain Joe Root will miss the first Test as his wife is expecting second child later this week.

Ben Stokes has been given the captain’s band in Root’s absence while Jos Buttler will be his deputy. The cricketing action has been at a halt after the COVID-19 outburst in the world.

A number of tournaments including the cash-rich league IPL was also postponed indefinitely. The West Indies side has already reached England.

The first match begins on July 8 while the second and third will be played from July 16 and July 24 respectively. England will then face Pakistan at home in a three-match T20I series slated to begin from August 29.

Earlier, Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is one of the six players who have tested negative for COVID1-19 for the second time in three days. Apart from Hafeez, spinner Shadab Khan and fast bowler Wahab Riaz have also tested negative.

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Rizwan are the other three in the list.

Hafeez had earlier tested positive for the disease after PCB released a statement informing about the ten players and a staff member being positive for corona virus.

But Hafeez then got tested on personal level that came out to be negative. The six players are now eligible to join the Pakistan side in UK.

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