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ST JOHN’S – Cricket West Indies has announced yesterday the match schedule for the England Lions Tour of the Caribbean next February.
The Lions, the official name of the England A-Team, will face their regional counterparts in a series of three “Tests” and three One-day matches – to be played between the islands of Jamaica and Antigua.
“This series will provide an incentive for our players to excel during the next Digicel Regional 4-Day and Regional Super50 tournaments,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.
“It will also give the Selection Panel a chance to identify the next tier of players they believe have the capacity to be successful on the international stage and would offer those players the platform to announce themselves through the intensity of a higher level of competition against their peers from England.”
It will be the first time in 12 years that the England Lions will be embarking on a Tour of the Caribbean to face West Indies “A”.
On that trip, the Lions, led by Vikram Solanki, won a series of two “Tests” 1-0 against Sylvester Joseph’s side, which won the subsequent five-match One-day series 3-2.
The England Lions have also twice played in the CWI Regional 4-Day Tournament, when they reached the semi-finals of eight-team competitions in 2001 and 2011.
Monday, February 5 to Wednesday, February 7
Tour Match – Sabina Park, Jamaica
Sunday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 14
1st “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica
Sunday, February 18 to Wednesday, February 21
2nd “Test” – Sabina Park
Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1
3rd “Test” – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Sunday, March 4
Tour Match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground
Tuesday, March 6
1st One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Friday, March 9
2nd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Sunday, March 11
3rd One-day Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua