The upcoming test series between England and the West Indies has been named the #RaiseTheBat series. This is in honour of the effort and commitment made by key workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The return to international cricket will be marked by a celebration and a tribute to the heroes within the cricketing family. The newly christened #RaiseTheBat series will be a delayed curtain-raiser to the English summer. Both domestic and recreational cricket has yet to start this summer.
Firstly, on July 8th action will begin behind closed doors at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. England players will have the names of key workers on their training shirts. Names nominated by their local cricket clubs will include carers, teachers, drivers, nurses, doctors and other professions. Stories of the individuals nominated will be portrayed across ECB platforms throughout the Test Match.
Likewise, the #RaiseTheBat initiative comes in conjunction with the ECB’s nationwide ‘Together Through This Test’ campaign, centred on shining the light on the response by the cricketing world to the pandemic. Including initiatives, help in the community, fundraising and more. Stephen Fry narrated a short film to capture the heart of the cricket fanatics.
The eagerly anticipated return to elite cricket is likely to have a strong viewership. These heroes are those have been helping keep the country safe and moving under the most difficult of circumstances. As a result, it would be great to honour and showcase them during this series.
#RaiseTheBat Test Series v West Indies
First Test – July 8, The Ageas Bowl
Second Test – July 16, Emirates Old Trafford
Third Test – July 24, Emirates Old Trafford
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