Afghanistan is all set to play three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-day Internationals respectively for the first time as their full bilateral series against full member West Indies other than Zimbabwe.

The limited-overs series will kick start from June 2 whereas, Champions Trophy will begin in England from June 1.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Afghans to the Caribbean for this short series,” stated West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Manager, Cricket Operations, Roland Holder in a release.

The three-match T20 series will be played in St Kitts followed by three ODIs in St Lucia which will be beginning from June 9.

Since decent progress in their game, Afghanistan will be playing first time against West Indies in their backyard against the Caribbean.

“It will also be an important series for our side as they look to move up in the ICC World Rankings in the two formats, and continue their quest to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales,” Holder added it a statement.

However, they have participated in 2010 ICC T20 World Tournament on the Caribbean soil in which 12 teams had participated.

Last year in July, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), in its press release stated the schedule will include five ODIs and three ODIs, but it has been cut down to three match series each according to the latest release from WICB.

It’s pertinent to mention West Indies is placed at a ninth position in ICC MRF ODI Rankings and they would be eyeing to improve their rankings as September 2017 is a cut-off date to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

West Indies team is currently playing four-match T20 series against Pakistan after losing their ODI series 3-0 against England.

In 2016, both Windies-Afghan teams met in a league match of the T20 World Cup in which Afghanistan stun West Indies by six runs.

“The series promises to be compelling, considering the result of the match between the two sides at the last ICC World Twenty20 in India, and Afghanistan’s gradual improvement over the last few years,” WICB release mentioned.

The forthcoming three T20Is will start at 7 pm (local time) followed by three-match ODIs which will start at 2:30 pm (local time) after the Windies failed to qualify for Champions Trophy 2017 following their poor all-round show.

The West Indies failed to win a bilateral ODI series after beating Bangladesh 3-0 at their home by 3-0 in August 2014.

“The series will also be an opportunity for our fans to come out and watch the games at convenient times, as all the matches will be contested during the evening hours,” release concluded.

West Indies versus Afghanistan limited-overs schedule:

First T20I on June 2 at Warner Park in St Kitts

Second T20I on June 3 at Warner Park in St Kitts

Third T20I on June 5 at Warner Park in St Kitts

First ODI on June 9 at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia

Second ODI on June 11 at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia

Third ODI on June 14 at Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia

  • SHARE
    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

    Related Posts

    Mohammad Hafeez Reported For Suspect Bowling Action Again

    Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action once again. The off-spinner was reported for a suspect action by match officials...

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 19th October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 19th October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...

    David Warner Reveals Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To Talk English

    Three years after being involved in a heated exchange with Rohit Sharma, Australia's star David Warner has revealed why he told the India opener to...

    SA vs BAN 2nd ODI: Every Team Lacks An AB de Villiers: Mashrafe Mortaza

    If Bangladesh were hoping for a respite in the third One-Day International against South Africa on Wednesday (October 18) after being thoroughly outplayed in the...

    South Africa Vs Bangladesh 2017: AB De Villiers Is A Destroyer – Mashrafe Mortaza

    Doubting champions is never the sensible thing to do especially in a sport like cricket, which thrives on the brilliance of champions. One such...