India likely to play a T20I series against West Indies in US post 2019 World Cup

The series will take place as part of the West Indies' strategy to play a minimum of two Twenty20 games every year in North America until 2022.

India and West Indies had played a two-match T20I series in Florida couple of years ago | Getty

Team India are likely to lock horns with the defending T20I champions, West Indies, in a short T20I series in the United States following the 2019 World Cup, as per a report in ESPNCricinfo.

Initially, both the teams were slated to feature in a Test and ODI series in the Caribbean. However, a small window might see them playing the shortest format in Florida. Notably, India and West Indies had played a two-match T20I series in Florida couple of years ago.

The series will take place as part of the West Indies' strategy to play a minimum of two Twenty20 games every year in North America 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. So not always talking about the 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," John Grave, the Cricket West Indies CEO, told ESPNcricinfo.

"We want to grow the game. We're big advocates of playing in the Olympics even though one might argue that's quite complicated because effectively we'd be playing as the separate sovereign countries of the West Indies - but we don't have a problem with that," he added.

Talking about the timings of the games, Grave said that the matches might be held very late at night or earlier in the day to cater to the passion of the Indian fans.

"Clearly we have to discuss that with sponsors and broadcast partners, but realistically when you're playing India in the Caribbean you have to play either very late at night or very early in the day. If you're playing India, the passion of the India fans, they'll turn up whether you play at 11am or 9pm at night," he concluded.

 


By Salman Anjum - 24 Aug, 2018

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