International cricket will return to the Caribbean when West Indies host Sri Lanka for three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in Antigua from March 3rd to April 2nd 2021.
This announcement was made today by Cricket West Indies which says Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) and the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium (SVRS) will be the venues.
Fans will not be able to attend matches but, CWI says, they will be able to follow on “TV, radio and through CWI’s digital channels.”
|March 3rd 2021||1st T20I||CCG||6PM|
|March 5th 2021||2nd T20I||CCG||6PM|
|March 7th 2021||3rd T20I||CCG||6PM|
|March 10th 2021||1st ODI||SVRS||9:30AM|
|March 12th 2021||2nd ODI||SVRS||9:30AM|
|March 14th 2021||3rd ODI||SVRS||1:30PM|
|March 17th-18th 2021||Two-day Warm-Up||CCG||N/A|
|March 21st-25th 2021||1st Test||SVRS||10AM|
|March 29th-April 2nd 2021||2nd Test||SVRS||10AM|
During the tour, all players, support staff and match officials will be kept in a bio-secure environment with regular COVID-19 PCR testing taking place.
The last international series in the region took place in January 2020 when Ireland visited.
Since then, West Indies have made three overseas tours to England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
COOLIDGE’S INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
The upcoming series is also historic for the Coolidge Cricket Ground.
The T20Is will be the first international matches to be played at the stadium and the first West Indies men’s T20Is to be played in Antigua since 2013.
These games at Coolidge will be used as preparation as West Indies looks to defend their T20 World Cup title in India later this year.
CWI: UNABLE TO INCLUDE ST LUCIA
Sri Lanka’s tour was supposed to be have included stops in St Lucia according to Cricket West Indies.
However, this has not come to fruition.
According to CWI, this is because of the delay in Sri Lanka arriving and the need for the tour to end before the start of the Indian Premier League.