Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Windies to host England for first full tour in 10 years

England will arrive in the West Indies on January 11, 2019, to start the biggest International Home Series between the two teams since 2009.

The two-month tour, comprising three Test matches, five ODIs and three T20Is, will be played in five of the region’s top tourist destinations, with the tour starting in Barbados and ending in St. Kitts.

Barbados, Antigua and St. Lucia will host the three match Test Series; Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia will share the ODIs; while St. Lucia and St. Kitts will host the T20Is.

This will be a special tour for several reasons. With the recently announced ICC Future Tours Programme for 2019-2023, this will be the last three-format England Tour to the Caribbean for the foreseeable future.

There is incredible history between the two teams stretching back over 90 years.  The teams will, once again, contest the Wisden Trophy, having previously played 154 Tests, with the West Indies ahead with 55 wins to England’s 48 and with 51 drawn. The last series on West Indies’ soil ended in a 1-1 draw, with England retaining the trophy and despite the West Indies bounce back victory at Headingley in 2017, with the five-wicket win inspired by Shai Hope scoring centuries in both innings (147 and 118 not out), England still won the series 2-1.

In ODIs, the Windies seek to reverse a 12-year series losing streak against England, the current No.1 ranked team in ODI cricket, as preparations build towards the 2019 ICC World Cup.

For the T20Is, the Windies, as current ICC World T20 champions, aim to build on  recent victories against England.

Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave underlines the importance of the Series for the Windies and for the region’s economy.  

Grave said, “England coming to the region is always a special occasion for cricket fans and we are pulling out all the stops for a successful series on and off the field. West Indies fans create a unique spectator atmosphere and not only do England fans add to this, they bring in a significant tourism boost to the region as thousands will travel here to enjoy the cricket and experience the unique Caribbean culture and hospitality.”

Cricket West Indies president, Dave Cameron has expressed thanks to the Governments that have invested their resources as they have shown that they “recognize the economic impact the tour will have on their respective countries.”

SCHEDULE:

TESTS

1st Test January 23 – 27                      Kensington Oval, Barbados
2nd Test January 31 – February 4     Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua
3rd Test February 9 – 13                      Daren Sammy Stadium, St. Lucia

ODIs

1st ODI February 20                            Kensington Oval, Barbados
2nd ODI February 22                           Kensington Oval, Barbados
3rd ODI February 25                            National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
4th ODI February 27                            National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
5th ODI March 2                                   Daren Sammy Stadium, St. Lucia

T20Is

1st T20I March 5                                   Daren Sammy Stadium, St. Lucia
2nd T20I March 8                                 Warner Park, St. Kitts
3rd T20I March 10                                Warner Park, St. Kitts

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