England will kick off their preparations for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with a short limited overs tour of West Indies early next year. With the Champions Trophy set to be held in England from the first of June next year, England have arranged a series in the Caribbean as a means to warm up to the task of succeeding in the Champions Trophy.
England will play two warm up games against the West Indies President’s XI on February 25th and 27th respectively. The first and second ODI of the series will be played in Antigua on 3rd March and 5th March. The third and final ODI of the series will be held in Barbados on the 9th of March. England cricket Director, Andrew Strauss confirmed about his team’s short tour of Caribbean early next year.
“We are pleased to have agreed the itinerary for this tour, which will form an important part of our one-day squad’s preparations for the Champions Trophy in England and Wales later in the summer,” Strauss said. “West Indies is always a popular tour destination for England fans and we trust as many supporters as possible will travel to the Caribbean to show support for the team.”
West Indies however, won’t feature in the Champions Trophy as they were ranked below the 8th spot before the deadline. “We see this as an additional opportunity to strengthen our performances in this format as we aim to move up in the rankings. We are pleased once again to have England in the region and as always we know the contest will be keen and we know the fans will come out in their numbers,” said West Indies Cricket Board executive, Michael Muirhead.
England tour of West Indies schedule:
February 25: Warm-up v WICB Pres XI
February 27: Warm-up v WICB Pres XI
March 3: 1st ODI, Antigua
March 5: 2nd ODI, Antigua
March 9: 3rd ODI, Barbados