India will play two T20Is against West Indies in Florida later this month, said a BCCI media release. The talks were on between BCCI and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) since last few weeks to hold the matches but nothing was clear until Tuesday.
The first match of the 2-match T20I series will be held in Fort Lauderdale city of Florida on 27 August whereas the second match will be held on the next day 28 August. This is not the first time international cricket is crossing the peripheries of Unites States. In 2010, New Zealand and Sri Lanka had played a one-off T20I. The T20 fun returned to the US when New Zealand played West Indies in 2012.
Speaking on how important it is to spread cricket in the Unites States of America, BCCI President Anurag Thakur said:
“As part of our continuous efforts to reach out to new markets and audiences, I am very happy to announce that Team India will play two T20Is against the current world champions West Indies in the United States. This will be a great opportunity for the cricket fans in America to watch the two champion sides in action. This will be developed into an annual cricketing event in the United States.”
On the other hand, West Indies Cricket Board President Whycliffe Cameron said:
“This will be a great initiative in our continued efforts to develop cricket in the Americas (North and South America) a very important market.”