The West Indies cricket team will be based at Emirates Old Trafford for quarantine and training when it arrives in England for a three-Test series next week.

Two of the behind-closed doors matches will take place at Lancashire's ground on July 16 and July 24, subject to government clearance.

The West Indies team agreed in principle to take part in the series last week.

The series had originally been scheduled to take place this month but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

However the government's recent relaxation of lockdown rules is set to enable the first international series since the start of the pandemic

"The importance of re-starting international cricket should not be underestimated as it will provide a huge boost to the mental health and well-being of supporters of the game across the country, all of the players and coaches involved, as well as the staff at Lancashire Cricket.

Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney
Groundsman David Shortt works on the pitch at Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire CCC. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Venues must adhere to a series of strict guidelines, including the provision of designated isolation areas for anyone presenting symptoms, and medical screening and testing sites.

The original schedule for the series featured a match at Lord's, known as the home of cricket, but it has been moved to Old Trafford due to its ability as a bio-secure venue.