Windies home tour vs Bangladesh features Florida T20s

By May 15, 2018
Windies will play two T20i in Florida as part of their home series against Bangladesh. Windies will play two T20i in Florida as part of their home series against Bangladesh.

As was first reported by SportsMax.TV, the West Indies will play Bangladesh in two T20 internationals in Florida as part of the latter’s Caribbean tour from June 24 to August 5 that will also include two Test matches and three One Day Internationals.

The Bangladesh tour will form part of a busy home season for the regional side that will see them also host Sri Lanka. CWI has confirmed that the T20is will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“We are delighted to include the matches Fort Lauderdale on the schedule for the Bangladesh Tour,” said CWI Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Grave. “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 previously played four T20Is at the CBRP – the last two against India two years ago – and have won three, with the other ending in a no-result, due to weather interruptions.

With up to 10 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 & 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.”

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.”

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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