India to play a full series against West Indies
India are likely to play a series which includes five ODIs and one T20I against West Indies in West Indies on June-July, a BCCI media release confirmed on Tuesday (May 16).
The tour to the Caribbean will come just few days after the Champions Trophy in England. The five-match ODI series to begin on June 23, with the first two games to be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. While the third and fourth ODI will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the final ODI and the only T20I will be played at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
India had toured the Caribbean even in 2013, after a successful Champions Trophy campaign in England. At that time, after a similar five-day break, India went to win the tri-series which involved Sri Lanka as well. Meanwhile India will hope to defend their title in the upcoming eight-nation CT tournament, while West Indies won’t even be involved, having failed to qualify on the basis of their ODI ranking.
In fact, this ODI tour has massive chances for the hosts in their pursuit of direct qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup.
West Indies are currently ninth in the ICC ODI ranking and nine rating points behind from Pakistan. They have until September 30 this year – the cut-off for the top eight spots for the World Cup to be sealed.
Within that time, West Indies will have the opportunity to play against India, Afghanistan and England and will have the chance to grown up to the ranking.
Ist ODI, Queen’s Park Oval, June 23
2nd ODI, Queen’s Park Oval, June 25
3rd ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, June 30
4th ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, July 2
5th ODI, Sabina Park, July 6
Only T20, Sabina Park, July 9.