India to begin next WTC cycle with two-match series in Caribbean

Kevin Sinclair brought out his signature celebration during his four-wicket haul

India will begin its 2023-2025 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle with a two-match series in the Caribbean on July 12. Dominica will host the first Test, which will be India’s first at the venue in over a decade. The Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad will host the second and final test from July 20.

The Test series will be followed by three ODIs and five T20Is, with the tour ending on August 13. The final leg of the tour, the final two T20Is, will take place in Lauderhill, Florida, USA. The Kensington Oval in Barbados will host the first two ODIs before the teams return to Trinidad for the third ODI and first T20I. Guyana will then host the second and third T20Is.

“We also look forward to hosting India at the white ball matches and welcoming fans to attend the matches across the region as well as in the United States,” Johnny Grave, CWI’s chief executive, said in a statement. press. “This will be 18 days of entertainment for cricket lovers to enjoy and savour.”

Grave also told ESPNcricinfo: “We are working closely with the ICC T20 World Cup team to improve the temporary infrastructure at the Broward County Cricket Ground. [in Lauderhill] for the August T20Is against India with a view to testing new stands and hospitality facilities that could be used next June at the T20 World Cup. The two games in Florida therefore have greater importance as they will help with our T20 World Cup operational plans.”

India faced the West Indies in the first Test on Dominica, at Windsor Park, in July 2011. Local boy Alick Athanaze, who recently hit the fastest half-century on his ODI debut, could make his first appearance in the Test against India. in his homeland.

The West Indies home series against India is scheduled to kick off three days after the end of their ODI World Cup qualifying campaign in Harare on July 9. If the West Indies make it to the final, their Test specialists will have a brief change before the Test series opens in the Dominican Republic. prepare for the Quiz series at home.

India’s Test team is facing some questions after their disappointing performance in the WTC final against Australia earlier this week. They have played in both World Test Championship finals so far, but failed to win the silver medal. Rohit Sharma, following the loss at The Oval, has called for the team to play differently in ICC tournaments. “For the last eight or nine years we’ve been thinking in the same way,” he said, “that this game is important or this event is important, and it’s not happening to us. So we have to think differently and do the things differently.” Our message and focus will be to try to do things differently.”