first_imgWEST Indies captain Jason Holder says he will not force his players to travel to England for this summer’s Tests.The three Tests, which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, look set to be rescheduled for July, probably in ‘bio-secure’ conditions.“Each player has to be comfortable in making the step,” Holder told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Show.“It’s been made clear if we are to hop on a plane and go over to England to play, it must be safe.”The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in in talks with Cricket West Indies (CWI) and a new schedule could be announced by the end of May.The discussions have involved West Indies being quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival in the UK.After that, the series – originally scheduled to start on 4 June – is likely to be held at grounds like Old Trafford and Southampton which have hotels on site, so players can stay, train and play in a secure environment.Almost 35,000 people in the UK have died with coronavirus, and both sets of players will be given the opportunity to opt out.“Certainly from my perspective, I won’t be forcing anyone to go anywhere,” said 28-year-old Holder.“We’ve been given assurances from Cricket West Indies that we’d only go over to England if they deem it safe for us to play.“It’s no different from a frontline worker going into a hospital every day – they’re putting their lives at risk, and still going to make money. The longer we stay off the field, the longer it’ll take for us to make money.”Last week, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said some players will be “very nervous” about travelling, but he expects West Indies to send a full strength squad.“The first priority is everybody’s safety,” said Holder.“We’ve been assured that the only way the tour can possibly go ahead is if everyone can be comfortable with the measures the ECB are putting in place to roll the cricket out.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DeAndre Jordan, who can reject shots from some of the best players in the world, has trouble playing defense against a package of sour straws, a gummy, sugar-covered candy.For Paul, it’s turning down Sprite, his favorite soda, which he said he hasn’t had in years.“I miss it,” Paul said while disobeying his thirst. “No question.”Sometimes, the sacrifices can be particularly cruel.Redick’s 2-year-old son, Knox, happens to love Hopdoddy’s fries and has no problem powering through a large portion of them (washed down with a milkshake). All Redick can do is watch … and wish.“You get older – and I talked to (Steve) Nash (two-time MVP) about this three summers ago – you look for ways to stay fit,” Redick said.And french fries aren’t part of that plan.For Luc Mbah a Moute, neither is a glass of wine.Mbah a Moute, who grew up with heavy French influences while in Cameroon, is accustomed to a glass of wine with lunch or dinner. Or, on good days, both.“You always have wine at the table,” he said. “It was a habit.”But since his time at UCLA, Mbah a Moute said he quits drinking wine during the season, a decision he said he regrets on the very first day of camp.In a Twilight Zone-ish cruel twist, as an NBA professional, he finds himself in expensive restaurants with extensive wine lists, the perfect pairing affordable and just an order away.“That’s when,” he said in regard to when the sacrifice hurts most. “When you’re at a good restaurant, you’re eating some good food and you know how good it would be with a glass of wine.”Because the margins for error are so thin, especially as players age, dietary restrictions are just a part of being a player. Paul, for instance, will not eat corn or eggs this season after undergoing nutritional testing. But it’s not just about food.Fame and fortune have allowed Paul to take part in and attend numerous sporting events, but the NBA schedule always keeps him from attending The Masters in Augusta, Ga., an item on his bucket list.Instead, this past year, Paul’s father and brother attended the golf tournament. They’ve also ducked out of town to go watch their favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, leaving the Clippers’ All-Star point guard behind.“I was hot about that,” Paul joked about the trip to Dallas.Maybe it’s the little things (like fries), the finer things (like wine) or the major things (like a trip to the Masters) that get avoided.Or, in Doc Rivers’ case, it’s the things that help keep you sane – the hours on the golf course or, more importantly, the hours in bed resting.During the season, those things just don’t happen for him, as he’s consumed with what his team just did and what his team needs to do next.“You can’t turn off,” he said. But the burger bar’s fries? They’ll The burger bar’s fries have to remain a memory for now. As the Clippers get ready to tackle a season that could last deep into the spring, Redick and his teammates know they’ll be making sacrifices – no matter how crunchy and salty they are.That multimillionaire professional athletes who fly on charter planes and stay in five-star hotels have to make minor sacrifices might not sound like a big deal, but then again, french fries are pretty good.“That’s my biggest weakness – french fries,” Chris Paul said. “I still haven’t found a way to say ‘No.’”For some it’s food, for others it’s beer, for others it’s sleep – everyone has something they love that they have to turn down during the NBA season.Raymond Felton’s guilty pleasure – fried chicken – is too good to stay away from for the entire season. He’ll get his favorite dish when the Clippers move through North Carolina later this season, even if it sticks to his ribs.center_img PLAYA VISTA >> You could almost see J.J. Redick going through the memories, flipping through the thoughts in his brain like someone searching for a single document in an overstuffed file cabinet.Is he looking for truffle fries? Nah. Poutine? Nope, that’s not it either.As Redick tried to figure out where his favorite french fries get served, a lightning bolt struck, tying his brain, his taste buds and his words into a single statement.“Oh my God. Hopdoddy. Their fries,” Redick said. “Wow.”last_img read more