According to sources, the Men in Blue are set to tour the West Indies between July third week and early August. They will play three One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals, against the West Indies in the Caribbean. Reports also say the last two games of the eight-match series could be played at Lauderhill, Florida in the USA.
According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official involved in the scheduling of the tour, “Playing the last two T20Is in the US makes logistical sense for the Indian team”. The West Indies Cricket board haven’t yet confirmed or denied the American leg of the tour as a top official said, “The Indian schedule will be announced soonest.”
As per the reports, the Florida games are most likely to be played on August 6 and 7, 2022.
The games in Florida are part of Cricket West Indies’ long-term partnership with USA Cricket, that “is aimed at gearing towards growing the game in the Americas by re-energising the sport with a new generation of fans in the West Indies and unlocking cricket’s potential in the USA.” Recently both cricket boards had announced that they will host the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2024.
An Indian official who has been working around the development of cricket in the US feels that the Florida games could help grow interest around cricket in the region. “There has not been much international cricket in the US of late and if these games are played there, it is good for cricket in the US,” he was quoted saying.
Team India will travel to West Indies after completing their last Test match from their 2021 England tour and six more white-ball matches. The last time the Rohit Sharma-led side travelled to the West Indies was in 2019 for an eight-game series. The tour included three One-Day Internationals, three Twenty20 internationals and two Test matches. India won all three tournaments without losing a single game. Virat Kohli won the Player of the Series award in the ODI series and Krunal Pandya won the Player of the Series award in the T20s.
Whereas after the India tour, the West Indies cricket board will host their premier T20 tournament called the Caribbean Premier League. The tournament is set to start on 29 August, 2022.