India to tour WI and USA for white-ball series in July-August

A clean-ball series with India will headline the West Indies cricket calendar over the next three months, with New Zealand and Bangladesh also scheduled.

According to a CWI statement on Wednesday, the white ball’s India tour will feature three ODIs and five T20Is across four venues, including one in the United States. The three ODIs will be played at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad on July 22, 24 and 27. The two teams will then face off in a five-match T20I series, the first of which will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad. on July 29, the site’s very first men’s T20I. The second and third T20Is will be played at Warner Park, St. Kitts, before the teams travel to Lauderhill, Fla. for the final two matches on August 6-7.

“The coming summer is expected to deliver 30 days of high-quality entertainment for our fans as we look to host three teams of different styles across all three formats, which is sure to whet the appetite,” said Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, said.

“It’s been the busiest cricket year ever in the West Indies. In January we hosted Ireland and England in clean ball formats, and also successfully staged the World Cup 2022 ICC men’s under 19 cricket, which featured 16 teams crossing the region.. We also witnessed the Apex Test Series, against England, which the West Indies won in great style and with a real fight.”

West Indies are currently in the Netherlands to play a three-game ODI series and will travel to Pakistan for three ODIs. They will then host Bangladesh in a two-Test series between June 16 and June 28, with both games forming part of the World Test Championship. Both Tests will be followed by a three-game T20I series, with the first two games taking place at the renovated Windsor Park, Dominica, for the first time since the venue was damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The tour in Bangladesh will end with a three-game ODI series, with Guyana hosting all three games.

The New Zealand West Indies tour, which has been postponed to 2020 due to Covid-19, will feature three T20Is and three ODIs, from August 10-21. While all three T20Is will be played in Jamaica, August 10-14, Kensington Oval in Barbados will host all three ODIs on August 17, 19 and 21.

“We know our fans will be thrilled to hear that games are happening across the region and those who live in the United States will be able to see their favorite players in action,” Grave said.

“We are aware that Covid-19 is still present, and we would again like to thank the various governments and other stakeholders who have worked with us to ensure that matches will be played in a safe environment.

All nine ODIs will be part of the Super League, which determines a team’s chances of automatically qualifying for the World Cup in 2023. Only the top seven teams at the end of the season, and host India, will get a direct entry. The remaining five teams will have to play in a qualifying tournament with five associated teams. The top two from the qualifying tournament will then move on to the World Cup. West Indies are currently No.10 on the Super League points table.

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