After the IPL 10 and the Champions Trophy 2017 in England where India are defending champions , there is no rest for the Men in Blue. The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday confirmed that it has agreed with the West Indies cricket board to let the Indian team tour the Carribeans.
India and West Indies will play a five match ODI series which will be followed by a stand-alone T20 match. The series will start on June 23, 2017 which is after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy.
According Indian Express news report, The first two matches are to be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, which will be followed by two matches at the Sir Vivian Richeards stadium. The final ODI and the standalone T20I will be played at Jamaica’s Sabina Park.
West Indies failed to make the cut for Champions Trophy in England and Wales which features only top eight one-day teams. They will subsequently host Afghanistan for three Twenty20 and as many one-day internationals between June 2-14.
“We are all looking forward to hosting the Indian Cricket Team so soon after Afghanistan’s inaugural tour of the Caribbean,” West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Johnny Grave said in a statement.
“The five-match ODI series gives our young side the opportunity of playing one of the world’s best 50-over sides, and we hope for a competitive series as we strive for automatic qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”
West Indies failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy having finished outside the top 8 of the ICC ODI rankings. They will hence host Afghanistan for three ODI’s and T20I’s each between June and 2 and 14.