Windies and India to kick off World Test Championship

first_img…Guyana to host India/WI  T20 and ODI matches on August 6 and 8 WEST Indies will begin their bid to become World Test champions during the India Tour of the Caribbean, which starts in August and will be sponsored by MyTeam11 and co-powered by Skoda and Kamla Pasand.The West Indies and India will play two Tests – from August 22 to 26 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua and from August 30 to September 3 at Sabina Park in Jamaica – during the five-week Tour, which also includes three Twenty20 and three One-day Internationals.Guyana will host the final Twenty20 on August 6 and the first ODI on August 8 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. These matches will see the India cricket team return to Guyana for the first time since 2002.The two Tests open the new ICC World Test Championship, which will be played over the next two years and has been introduced to give greater context and competition in the “Ultimate Test” of the game, combining strategy, skill and endurance.“The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game,” said Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave.“We’ll be seeing some of the World’s best players go head-to-head in T20Is, ODIs and then in the new World Test Championship. West Indies fans, young and old, will have the opportunity to see some incredible cricket.”The MyTeam11 Series starts with three T20Is. The first two matches will be contested back-to-back on the weekend of August 3 and 4 at the Broward County Stadium in the city of Lauderhill in the American state of Florida.Only one of the two T20Is produced a result when the two sides played at this venue three years ago before sell-out crowds, with the second match ending in a no-result, due to a rain and technical delay.In the first match of the series, India’s K.L. Rahul scored the second-fastest T20I century off only 46 balls, eventually finishing on 110 not out for the highest international score in the venue’s history.The two teams also posted the highest international innings totals in the venue’s history for a World record of 489 runs, with the West Indies winning by one run, thanks to an even hundred off 49 balls from left-handed opener Evin Lewis.“We’re excited to bring two more T20Is to Florida, giving the West Indies diaspora in North America the opportunity to watch the team play ‘live’ and in person,” said CWI Commercial, Marketing and Communications Director, Dominic Warne.“This continues our plans of growing our audience and the game’s appeal in North America to increase participation and investment back into the West Indies. The MyTeam11 Series will provide a chance for a growing audience in the United States, who follow the West Indies, to experience the fast-paced action of the T20 format.”The last of the three T20Is in the MyTeam11 Series will be played on August 6 at the Guyana National Stadium, where the series also transitions to the 50 overs-a-side format. The first ODI takes place on August 8, the first time in three decades the two sides will contest an ODI in the South American nation.The MyTeam11 ODI series concludes with matches on August 11 and 14 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.Tour itinerary West India vs India ST JOHN’S, Antigua,  (CMC) – Following is the itinerary for India’s tour of West Indies announced Wednesday by Cricket West Indies(CWI):Itinerary:Sat, Aug 3: 1st Twenty20 International – Central Broward Regional Park, United States (10:30 am start)Sun, Aug 4: 2nd Twenty20 International – Central Broward Regional Park (10:30 am)Tue, Aug 6: 3rd Twenty20 International – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (10:30 am)Thu, Aug 8: 1st One-day International – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am)Sun, Aug 11: 2nd One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad (9:30 am)Wed, Aug 14: 3rd One-day International – Queen’s Park Oval (9:30 am)Sat, Aug 17-19: Tour Match – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua (9:30 am daily)Thu, Aug 22-26: 1st Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (9:30 am daily)Fri, Aug 30 – Tue, Sep 3: 2nd Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica (9:30 am daily)last_img read more