In a recent development, it has now been confirmed that the Indian cricket team's tour of the West Indies will begin on July 22. The Men in Blue's tour which comprises of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and five T20Is will be staged in the Trinidad and St Kitts and the United States.
The report carried out by Cricbuzz confirms that the 50-over matches will be played at Queen Park Oval in Trinidad on July 22, 24 and 27. Meanwhile, the first of the five T20Is will be staged at the Brian Charles Lara Stadium which will be followed by two matches in two days at Warner Park in St Kitts and Nevis on August 1 and 2.
The concluding part of the tour will happen in Florida where the teams will play on August 6 and 7.
"Those are the dates and the schedule will be announced once the clearance from the US comes. We are waiting for the sanctioning from the US," a Cricket West Indies (CWI) official in the know of development confirmed on May 6.
It is further being learnt that Team India will take the flight to Trinidad on July 18 after the completion of their tour in the United Kingdom where Rohit Sharma & Co. are set to play a Test, three T20Is and as many ODIs between July 1 and 17. Prior to their face-off against England, India will also be travelling to Ireland where they are scheduled to play a couple of ODIs.
The jam-packed schedule has more with the Indian Premier League concluding on May 29 and the home series against South Africa, comprising of 5 T20Is, set to be played between June 9 to 19. Given that Team India have assignments lined up one after the other, several senior Indian players might give the home series a miss and gear up for the long away season ahead.
On the basis of the current COVID situation, quarantine protocols and strict bio-bubbles may not be needed but things could change pretty quickly with the virus as has been seen multiple times in the past.