New Zealand and West Indies take on each other in a three-match T20I and ODI series from August 10-21. The T20Is will be played in Jamaica while the ODIs will be played in Barbados. This is New Zealand’s first trip to the Caribbean since 2014.
New Zealand played a series against Netherlands and Ireland heading into this series against West Indies. They won against both the teams and with their second-string squad. Against West Indies, they have named a full-strength squad with Kane Williamson back as the skipper of the side. Along with him, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Devon Conway are back in the side as well.
“For Kane, Trent, Tim and Devon, this will be the first time they have played white ball cricket for New Zealand since last year’s T20 World Cup and tour to India – so this trip will be important for them. Managing workloads is hugely important this year with the team playing some form of cricket every month in 2022 – and this applies to both players and staff” said Kiwi head coach Gary Stead.
West Indies have succumbed to heavy losses against India in the ODI and T20I series. They were whitewashed in the ODIs while they lost the T20Is 1-4. Nicholas Pooran was a disappointed man after the series saying that they’re looking ahead after the loss against India.
“We were just not good enough. We didn’t learn from our mistakes. We just weren’t up to the challenge, just didn’t put enough partnerships. To come up against tough teams, we need to be good in execution. Be it in the batting group or bowling group, we have a lot of catching up to do. I just hope that we as a team learn from these losses. We’re building towards the World Cup and hopefully we can do that right” said Windies skipper Nicholas Pooran.
WI vs NZ Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Sabina Park, Jamaica – New Zealand Tour of West Indies 2022, 1st T20I
The match starts at 12 am IST on August 11 which is 1.30 pm local time. There was rain in West Indies in the recently concluded series against India and there are rain predictions in Jamaica as well for the first T20I.
The temperature will be around 33 degrees with cloudy skies. So far the venue has hosted just three T20Is and there is nothing much to read from the stats. With two powerhouse batting teams, runs can be expected in aplenty.