Windies and Bangladesh will play two T20I matches in Florida, USA, as confirmed by Cricket Windies (CWI). This can be taken as West Indien efforts to popularise the game in North America. The games will be played on the same venues (Central Broward oval in Lauderhill, South Florida) where India and Windies played two T20I matches two years ago.
The matches will be played simultaneously on 4th and 5th August this year at Central Broward oval in Lauderhill, South Florida. Cricket has seen a positive rise in North America. More and more T20 games will surely help cricket in penetrating the North American continent.
Both matches will be day-night games, confirms CWI chief Johnny Grave
As per reports in Reuters, Cricket Windies chief Johnny Grave confirms that both matches have been scheduled for the weekends so they could draw more crowds. “Both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under the lights. 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”, says Cricket Windies chief Johnny Grave.
Prior to engaging with Windies to play two T20I in Florida, Bangladesh will tour the Carribean islands to play two test matches, three ODI games and three T20 Internationals.
Other than Bangladesh, Sri Lanka is all set to travel to the Carribean to play three test matches, with one each in Trinidad, St. Lucia and Barbados.
Windies which has been the best test team many times in the past has somehow lost its grip on the red ball cricket. Although the players from the Carribean have emerged as the best in T20 cricket in recent years. Players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy have been clinical in the success of Windies cricket in T20 format.