The India vs West Indies fourth and fifth T20Is in Florida will go as per schedule after the Guyana President’s intervention in making the visas available to the players of the two teams. The fourth T20I will be played on Saturday, August 6 and the fifth on Sunday, August 7 at the same venue. Both teams will reach Miami by Thursday for the fourth T20I which starts at 10.30 am local time on Saturday, August 6.
Initially, there were doubts as to whether the matches will be played in Florida due to visa issues. However, everything seems to be in order now. Players from both teams have reached Miami for the last two T20Is and Cricket West Indies has confirmed the smooth conduct of the two games as well.
“It was a timely and influential diplomatic effort by His Excellency,” said Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), thanking the head of the Guyana government on August 4.
“They can fly only tomorrow afternoon. All Visa applications have been approved but passports are not to be returned until this afternoon,” Skerritt said, revealing the reason for the delayed travel. “All that the CWI could do has been done. Last night’s charter to Miami, for those previously with visas, was at greater financial risk to delay it than to operate it as previously planned,” Skerritt further said.
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With the travel, issues sorted the focus now shifts back to the two games. Rohit Sharma who retired hurt in the third T20I is available for selection for the final two games in Florida. He has been injury prone in the last one and a half years. The rest of the players within the team are all fit. It will come down to the selection of the playing XI to figure out which players will be tested in the final two games.
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh
After a good performance in the second T20I, Wst Indies succumbed to another loss in the third game. They have failed to play good consistent cricket for long intervals of time. There have been some brilliant individual performances in the first three games but they have failed to perform collectively as a group.
“Felt we had to get early wickets. Didn’t do that. We felt like we had enough. India bowled well. Wicket was on the slower side, felt it was difficult to keep scoring on it. Would’ve been a different game had we got early wickets. We kept losing wickets in the middle overs. We lost the game but did a lot of right things. Felt like we were 10-15 runs short. But early wickets could’ve changed the game today” said Pooran after the third T20I defeat.
West Indies Squad
Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran(W/C), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Devon Thomas, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes