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