The Brits are coming and this time, to test whether the West Indies team is made up of sterner stuff than last year.
England last toured the Caribbean for a three-match Test series that ended in a 1-1 draw in 2015.
According to a press release, the England team is scheduled to arrive in St Kitts on February 22 for two warm-up matches against a WICB President’s XI, before going on to Antigua for two ODIs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The two-week tour will conclude with a third ODI at Kensington Oval on March 9.
“We are pleased to have agreed with the itinerary for this tour which will form an important part of our one-day squad’s preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales later in the summer,” said Andrew Strauss, the ECB director.
“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.”
In the meanwhile, WICB chief executive, Michael Muirhead said: “We see this 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.”
West Indies are currently ranked No. 8 in ODI cricket but missed out on the Champions Trophy have slipped below Bangladesh and Pakistan to ninth at last year’s cut-off.
The last time England toured West Indies was in April 2015
March 3: 1st ODI, Antigua
March 5: 2nd ODI, Antigua
March 9: 3rd ODI, Barbados
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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