India vs Windies: Cricket West Indies accepts BCCI’s request to push back the tour by two weeks
The final schedule of the tour will be released on May 13.
Updated - May 1, 2019 1:20 pm
Cricket West Indies (CWI) has accepted the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) request to postpone the start of India’s tour by a couple of weeks. The tour is now likely to commence in the first week of August and go on until September. CWI will be releasing the final schedule on May 13 at its board meeting. According to the ICC FTP, Team India was scheduled to travel to the West Indies immediately after the World Cup final on July 14.
However, citing that it would’ve been too hectic to the players, the BCCI had requested CWI to delay the start of the tour. Virat Kohli’s men will be playing two Tests and three ODIs and three T20 Internationals during their stay in the island nation. Players will also get a decent break now after playing the World Cup before embarking on a Caribbean tour.
According to ESPNCricinfo, the BCCI has also requested the CWI to schedule a three-day warm-up match for before the Test series. India A will also play three four-day games in West Indies before Team India’s tour begins.
CPL dates also pushed back
Apart from the delaying India’s tour, CWI has also decided to get a clear window for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Originally, the seventh edition of the T20 League was scheduled to start on August 21 and run until September 27. CPL will now commence on September 4 and culminate on October 12. This will allow the players in the Windies team to feature in 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,” Johnny Grave, CWI’s chief executive officer, said in the media release issued by CPL.