India set to begin ICC Test championship campaign against West Indies in Caribbean

India will begin their World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies in a two-match series starting on 22 August while the tour begins with a couple of T20 Internationals in Florida from 3 August.

Press Trust of India, Jun 13, 2019 13:20:16 IST

St. John's: India will begin their World Test Championship campaign against the West Indies in a two-match series starting on 22 August while the tour begins with a couple of T20 Internationals in Florida from 3 August.

The tour of West Indies will be India's sole away Test assignment in 2019. Besides two Tests and three T20s, both teams will also play a three-match ODI series during the five-week tour.

Virat Kohli and Co went 2-1 up in the series with a win at Melbourne. AP

File image of the Indian Test cricket team. AP

The first Test, from 22 to 26 August, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the second one starts on 30 August at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

The Tests open the new ICC World Test Championship which will be played over the next two years and has been introduced to give greater context and competition in the "Ultimate Test" of the game.

"The West Indies and India have a long and colourful rivalry, and the MyTeam11 Series will bring more thrilling competition across every format of the game," said Cricket West Indies (CWI) Chief Executive Officer Johnny Grave on Wednesday.

The series starts with the T20Is, with the first two matches being contested back-to-back on the weekend of 3 and 4 August at the Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill in the American state of Florida.

Only one of the two T20Is produced a result when the two sides played at this American venue three years ago before sell-out crowds. The second match ended in a no-result, due to rain and technical delay.

In the first match of the series, KL Rahul scored the second-fastest T20I century off only 46 balls, eventually finishing on 110 not out for the highest international score in the venue's history.

The two teams also the posted the highest international innings totals in the venue's history for a world record of 489 runs, with the West Indies winning by one run, thanks to a hundred off 49 balls from left-handed opener Evin Lewis.

"We're excited to bring two more T20Is to Florida, giving the West Indies diaspora in North America the opportunity to watch the team play 'live' and in person," said CWI Commercial, Marketing and Communications Director, Dominic Warne.

The last of the three T20Is will be played on 6 August at the National Stadium in Guyana, where the series also transitions to the 50 overs-a-side format. The first ODI will be taking place on 8 August, the first time in three decades the two sides will contest an ODI in the South American nation.

The ODI series concludes with matches on 11 and 14 August at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

India were originally supposed to tour West Indies right after the World Cup, which ends on 14 July, but CWI pushed it back after BCCI's request.

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Updated Date: Jun 13, 2019 20:22:02 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254