Monday 24 February, 2020

West Indies to host India in Florida in 2019

Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Jonny Grave says the Caribbean side is planning to host India in Florida next July, immediately after the 2019 World Cup.

Grave said the plan is part of a long-term strategy to play a minimum of two T20Is in North America every year until 2022.

"There's full board support as part of our strategic plan over the next five years to bring regular games into the Americas," Grave said.

"So not always talking about USA, we're talking about Canada and other parts to try to grow the sport. The whole ICC strategic plan is around growing the game and we're huge advocates of Associate cricket," he further added.

Grave said the matches are expected to be prime-time affairs, starting as late as 9pm in Florida in order to accommodate Indian television market, while also ensuring the comfort of the people coming to the stadium.

India will start their 2019 tour with T20Is at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, before travelling to the Caribbean to play ODIs and Tests. According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), New Zealand (2020), South Africa (2020) and Pakistan (2021) are also scheduled to tour the region while India will visit again in 2022. 

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