English umpires could officiate in test series against Windies

There is a real prospect of the test series between England and West Indies being officiated by the four English umpires on the ICC's 12-member elite panel. This follows the ICC Cricket Committee’s recent recommendation for a suspension in the use of neutral officials to cope with challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, Chris Broad is the only English representative on the ICC's elite panel of seven match referees. While no one is questioning his impartiality as an official, it's understood there have been some raised eyebrows in the Caribbean at the prospect of the test series against England taking place, not only with English match officials, but under the auspices of a match referee who is not only a former England player but the father of one of the current team's key players.

One option that is likely to be considered is inviting Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, to fulfil the role instead.

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