Team India was expected to tour the Windies immediately after the conclusion of the 2019 ICC World Cup. However, as per the request of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the tour has been postponed by a couple of weeks. If reports in the ESPN Cricinfo is to be believed, Cricket Windies has accepted the request of India to delay the start of the tour. The tour in all likelihood will begin in the first week of August.
As per the Future Tours Program of the ICC, India was slated to play a couple of Tests, three ODI’s and three T20I’s after the conclusion of the World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July.
BCCI also requested the Windies Cricket Board to arrange a three-day warm-up fixture during the tour as well. Meanwhile, before the senior Indian team head to Windies, India A is also slated to play three unofficial four-day matches in the Caribbean shores. The dates of the tour are yet to be confirmed after BCCI requested WICB to postpone the tour by 2 weeks. The fixtures will be finalised on 13th May.
Meanwhile, the rescheduling of the India-Windies series meant, CWI also had to change the schedule of the Caribbean Premier League. It was earlier slated to start from 21st August and was expected to conclude on 7th September.
Cricket Windies CEO Jonny Grave confirmed the rescheduling of the Caribbean Premier League so that all the top class Windies players are available for the T20 League.
“We are pleased that we have been able to collaborate with CPL to find a spot in our international calendar to ensure that all the best Caribbean cricketers can take part, as the tournament plays a crucial role in our preparations and planning for the T20 World Cup in 2020,” Grave said in the media release.