Cricket West Indies has announced that the team will return to the United States later this year to face Bangladesh in two T20 Internationals, as part of ongoing efforts to build the ‘Windies’ brand in the Americas.
Reigning World T20 champions the West Indies will face Bangladesh under the lights at the Central Broward Regional Park (CBRP) in Fort Lauderdale, as part of the latter’s tour of the Caribbean. The games will be played on August 4-5.
The West Indies have previously played four T20s 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 bad weather. With up to 10 million Caribbean immigrants and members of the Caribbean diaspora living in the United States alone, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said the matches present an 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,” Grave said.
“Our intention is to work with ICC (International Cricket Council) Americas members, USA Cricket and 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.
“Through this initiative, it will support our strategic objectives to increase the number of people who watch and follow Windies cricket, and help unlock the full potential of the Windies outside of the Caribbean.”
FIRST DAY-NIGHT TEST IN CARIBBEAN
CWI has also confirmed that Kensington Oval in Barbados will stage the Caribbean’s first day-night Test against Sri Lanka from June 23-27. Grave added: “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.
“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.”