Cricket: West Indies international home series vs Bangladesh includes two T20s in Florida

Cricket: West Indies Announcement:

May 17. 2018 – Caribbean News Now – ST JOHN’S, Antigua — August will be a special month for West Indies and Bangladesh fans in the United States.

Reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions West Indies will face Bangladesh in two T20 Internationals under the lights at the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP), Fort Lauderdale, as part of their tour of the West Indies later this year.

The announcement of the Bangladesh tour of West Indies, which comprises two Tests, three One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals between June 24 and August 5 forms part of a packed international home season for Windies that also includes a tour by Sri Lanka.   

“We are delighted to include the matches Fort Lauderdale on the schedule for the Bangladesh tour,” said Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive officer, Johnny Grave.

The CEO added that “both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under the lights, so it’s a great opportunity for Windies fans in North America to see the team play against a very competitive Bangladesh side.”
Windies have previously played four T20’s at the CBRP – the last two against India two years ago – and have won three, with the otherending in a no-result, due to weather interruptions.

With up to ten million Caribbean immigrants and members of the Caribbean diaspora living in the United States alone, Grave said the matches at the CBRP present a wonderful opportunity to further establish the Windies brand in North America.
“This is one of the initiatives outlined in our new strategic plan for the period 2018 to 2023,” said Grave.
“Our intention is to work with ICC Americas members, USA Cricket and Cricket Canada in partnership to establish cricket as a popular sport from North to South America, create opportunities for West Indian fans to watch the team live, and build support for the Windies.”

Grave noted: “Through this initiative, it will support our strategic objectives to increase the number of people who watch and follow Windies cricket, and help unlock the full potential of the Windies outside of the Caribbean. We look forward to having West Indians, Bangladeshis and fans of the game from all around the United States coming to join us at the CBRP for the two matches.”

This is Bangladesh’s fourth bilateral Tour of the West Indies, where they have won two of eight Tests, and the Tigers have also played 10 ODIs in the Caribbean, losing seven. They have never won a T20I in the region.

The Bangladesh tour immediately follows a three-Test series against Sri Lanka, which includes the first ever day/night Test in the Caribbean when the final match of the series is contested in Barbados.
“We have successfully staged day/night, first-class matches over the last few seasons in the Regional 4-Day Tournament and we are thrilled to now be hosting the first day/night Test ever in the Caribbean, as a way to offer our fans a different experience and a chance to be part of the game,” said Grave.
“It could not have been played in a better venue than the iconic Kensington Oval and it will be an extra special occasion, as the match starts on the 90th anniversary of the first ever Test in the Caribbean which was also played there.”

“We know Barbadians are renowned for their love of the game and we hope that they will come out in their numbers and pack the stands, but we also urge Windies fans from around the region and, indeed, the world to come and make this a truly special occasion.”
Tickets for matches in the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh series will go on sale at the end of May.

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  • Ron Saywack  On May 28, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    May the sun rise again:

    The Windies have a packed schedule at home this spring/summer with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka visiting.

    But the West Indies have been consistently wallowing at the bottom of world cricket since they fell off the perch near the end of the previous century. Misery, as they say, loves company. At the moment, England are in hot pursuit challenging West Indies for number one in the reverse order.

    England, comprehensively, failed to win a single match in their recent tour of Australia/New Zealand; and Pakistan have just handed it to them at the Home of Cricket.

    West Indian fans are waiting with bated breath for their team to return to world dominance but that day now appears a mirage. I will avoid getting into a dissertation as to the reasons as most informed followers already know what they are.

  • sillypointcricket  On May 30, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I really hope that someone can run cricket in USA properly. It’s a bit embarrassing that Canada have a T20 competition first!

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