India to play hosts to West Indies in Oct-Nov, 2018; venues to be announced later

Eden Gardens to host the one-off T20I between India and West Indies on the tour.

India will host WI for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I

India will host West Indies for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I in October-November 2018. Sourav Ganguly, President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) announced that Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host the one-off T20I. The venues for the remaining fixtures however, are yet to be announced.

"We will host the Caribbean team for the one-off T20 international at the Eden Gardens," Ganguly confirmed on Saturday.

Last time West Indies toured India for a bilateral series, the tour was abruptly cut short due to the pay disputes between the West Indies board and players and West Indies abandoned the tour after the 4th ODI. Relations soured between the BCCI and CWI for a long time, with BCCI threatening to file for damages due to the abandonment of the tour.

Since then, West Indies have only travelled to India for only the 2016 ICC World T20; while India has toured West Indies in 2016 for Tests and in 2017 for limited overs series, both of which was won by India.

Ganguly also added that Eden Gardens was also in line to host the IPL 2018 qualifiers, in case Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune is not able to do so. Pune was originally awarded two playoff matches (Eliminator and Qualifier-2) since these are usually held at the home venue of previous season’s runner-up.

With Rising Pune Supergiant team defunct due to return of Chennai Super Kings, other state associations are vying for the qualifiers.

By Jatin Sharma - 17 Mar, 2018

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