Shai Hope sweeps during his 81 against India at Queen’s Park Oval. (Picture by CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography)
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Barbados will not get a single match of India’s tour to the Caribbean later this year.
The West Indies will play in the United States, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica.
Today, Windies announced the tour, which runs from August 30 to September 3, will be sponsored by MyTeam11 and co-powered by Skoda and Kamla Pasand.
The two teams will play two Tests – from August 22 to 26 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and from August 30 to September 3 at Sabina Park in Jamaica – during the five-week Tour, which also includes three Twenty20 and three One-Day Internationals.
The two Tests open the new ICC World Test Championship, which will be played over the next two years and has been introduced to give greater context and competition in the “Ultimate Test” of the game, combining strategy, skill and endurance.
“The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game,” said Cricket West Indies chief executive officer Jonny Grave.
“We’ll be seeing some of the World’s best players go head to head in T20Is, ODIs and then in the new World Test Championship. West Indies fans, young and old, will have the opportunity to see some incredible cricket.”
The MyTeam11 Series starts with three T20Is, with the first two matches being contested back-to-back on the weekend of August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhil, Florida.
Only one of the two T20Is produced a result when the two sides played at this venue three years ago before sell-out crowds, with the second match ending in a no-result, due to a rain and technical delay.
“We’re excited to bring two more T20Is to Florida, giving the West Indies diaspora in North America the opportunity to watch the team play ‘live’ and in person,” said CWI commercial, marketing and communications director, Dominic Warne.
The series concludes with matches on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
Match Schedule (start time in brackets)
Sat, Aug 3: 1st MyTeam11 Twenty20 International – Broward County Stadium, United States (10:30 a.m.)
Tue, Aug 6: 3rd MyTeam11 International – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (10:30 a.m.)
Thu, Aug 8: 1st MyTeam11 One-day International – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 a.m.)
Sun, Aug 11: 2nd MyTeam11 One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad (9:30 a.m.)
Wed, Aug 14: 3rd MyTeam11 One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval (9:30 a.m.)
Sat, Aug 17 to Mon, Aug 19: Tour Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua (9:30 a.m. daily)
Thu, Aug 22 to Mon, Aug 26: 1st MyTeam11 Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (9:30 a.m. daily)
Fri, Aug 30 to Tue, Sep 3: 2nd MyTeam11 Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica (9:30 a.m. daily)