Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida will host two of Windies vs Bangladesh T20 Internationals in the first week of August this year as the Tigers are scheduled to tour Caribbean and North America for bilateral series against Windies.
For the third time Windies will be hosting a nation in United States of America. Lauderhill first hosted an international series in 2010, between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Windies then played New Zealand in 2012 and India in 2016 at this ground. Despite the venue being eligible for ODIs, all the matches were T20Is.
Windies will host Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The first T20I will be played in St Kitts. Cricket Windies (CWI) have reserved August 4 and 5 to host the two matches in Lauderhill just before Caribbean Premier League, which will be from August 8 to September 16.
There was a possibility of Pakistan joining Windies and Bangladesh as the third team in a T20I tri-series in USA but it was not financially viable as the games would need to play during day time. Floodlights in Lauderhill are still meagre for international cricket.
Bangladesh squad will leave country in July to face the Windies. They last toured Caribbean in 2014 where the pathetically lost all matches (except rain-affected one-off T20I). Windies won the ODI series by 3-0 and the Test series by 2-0.
Bangladesh Cricket Board has already named 31-member squad for Windies series. Tigers’ camp for Afghanistan and Windies series has started in Mirpur on Sunday (13 May).
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com