Cricket West Indies has announced a busy and top-notch quality of home summer that includes visits from West Indies, Australia, and Pakistan to play all the formats. West Indies last hosted Sri Lanka for three ODIs, three T20Is, and two Tests. The Caribbeans thrashed the tourists in the limited-overs formats and drew in Tests. They will start by hosting South Africa in June 2021, with the season concluding in August.
The Test and T20 international series against the Proteas, rescheduled from 2020, will commence their international home summer. Grenada and Saint Lucia will stage the fixtures as the Proteas will arrive at St Lucia on the 1st of June and play two Tests at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground. That will follow five T20 internationals from the 26th of June to the 3rd of July. It would be the first time South Africa plays a bilateral series in the West Indies in 2010.
Australia and West Indies will lock horns for five T20Is from the 9th of July to the 24th at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia. The Kensington Oval at Barbados will host the three ODIs as both sides have an opportunity to secure more points and improve their qualification chances for the 2023 World Cup in India. Finally, Pakistan land in Barbados on the 21st of July for the five-match T20I series.
The Kensington Oval at Barbados will stage the first two T20Is, with the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia host the remaining three from 26th to 29th of July. After that, the two teams will travel to Jamaica for back to back Test matches at the Sabina Park from the 12th to the 24th of August. The summer concludes four days before the Caribbean Premier League.
We must thank the visiting teams for agreeing to travel at this challenging period for world cricket: Cricket West Indies CEO
Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave is pleased to announce that after hosting Sri Lanka, they would be welcoming South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. Grave insisted that hosting three international teams back to back in five regions and accommodating the fixtures brought with it an enormous logistical challenge. Grave thanked the touring sides for agreeing to come in a challenging side and the regional governments for partnering with CWI to ensure safe hosting, entertainment for their fans, and generating income for their stakeholders.
“Following the successful hosting of the all-format series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, we are delighted to announce that we are set to welcome South Africa, Australia and Pakistan to the West Indies. To host three international teams back-to-back in five territories is unprecedented, and putting these fixtures together was an enormous Covid-related logistical challenge. We must thank the visiting teams for agreeing to travel at this challenging period for world cricket and we are especially grateful to our regional Governments who are playing such a vital role in partnering with CWI to ensure that International cricket can be hosted safely, while providing entertainment for our loyal fans and income for our cricketers and cricket communities,” Grave said as quoted by West Indies cricket’s official website.