Cricket West Indies unveils International Cricket Calendar for 2020 to 2022

By CWI October 25, 2019

Cricket West Indies (CWI) today announced a brand new three-year home fixtures cycle, featuring the West Indies teams in all formats with matches in all the main venues across the Caribbean.

This new initiative, a key feature of Cricket West Indies’ strategy to enable better planning across the region and ensuring that all international venues host West Indies cricket every year, will see visits by all the major international teams to the Caribbean between January 2020 and August 2022.

For the first time in many years, this long-term calendar has been unveiled to give countries and fans a view of key fixtures, dates and venues to help plan for and celebrate cricket in the West Indies. Next year – Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa will visit the West Indies; followed by Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan in 2021. The following year Ireland will make a return and the regional side will also face England, Bangladesh and India on home turf.

The West Indies Women’s team will also have an intense calendar of matches and camps as they prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup, which will be played in New Zealand in 2021. In the build-up to the biggest event in women’s cricket, the West Indies Women will focus their energies on the 50-over format. Later this month they host India and they will also host South Africa at home in May 2020. Overall, they are expected to play a minimum of 15 ODIs – home and away – in the lead-up to the marquee event.

“This is a significant step forward for CWI and cricket fans and stakeholders across the region. Not only does this provide a full calendar of international fixtures which allows us to better plan and schedule our cricket, but it allows everyone who supports and loves cricket to know when the next big game or tournament is coming,” said CWI CEO Johnny Grave.

The new fixtures cycle will see the West Indies men play 11 Test matches in the ICC World Test Championship games; 20 ODIs and 36 T20Is at home.

The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad is set to become the newest international venue for men’s cricket. It is earmarked to stage a T20I when Sri Lanka visit in March 2021, pending approval by ICC; while the Trelawny Multipurpose facility in Jamaica is the proposed venue for a T20I when Pakistan tour in July 2021. The full schedules for these series will be revealed at a later date.

There will be a return to international cricket for the people of Dominica and St Vincent & the Grenadines. Windsor Park stadium is set to host New Zealand in the third Colonial Medical Insurance ODI and the first T20I next year, pending final renovations to the stadium following Hurricane Maria; while Arnos Vale in St Vincent could host back-to-back T20Is when Australia visit in June 2021. The last international contest at the venue was when West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 10 wickets in 2014.

 

 

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