BARBADOS, 26 July: The West Indies Cricket Board has dropped a Twenty20 International from the home series against Pakistan and instead of a five-match T20I series, the two teams will play four games.
The series which was set to begin on Tuesday (July 27) has now been postponed and will start from Wednesday (July 28), instead. The program for the two-Test series that is set to follow remains unchanged.
News was confirmed by a Cricket West Indies (CWI) official. “Yes, we have cancelled the first T20I and play the rest of the tour as originally planned. We have to prioritize the ODI Super League and the World Test Championship really,” the board official said justifying the decision. “It was the most logical choice.”
The change in schedule for the games against Australia has had a rub-on effect on the Pakistan programme.
According to media reports has learnt that the CWI will not be able to pull off the begin the series on July 27 due to a recent positive case of COVID-19 in the West Indian team which had also disrupted the Australia series recently.
The third ODI against Australia will now be played on Monday, July 26, followed by the first T20I against Pakistan on Wednesday, July 28.
The second, third and fourth T20Is will be on July 31, August 1 and August 3 at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The two Tests will start on August 12 and 20, at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
On Saturday, the CWI announced the change in Australia games. It said, “Following the disruption of the series against Australia, meetings between Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday evening, after earlier discussions with the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) and the Government of Barbados medical officials, CWI is pleased to announce that the CG Insurance One-Day International (ODI) Series will resume on Saturday and conclude on Monday.” As per the announcement, the suspended second ODI was played on Saturday in Barbados.
The CWI could not tweak the Pakistan series and accommodate all the games because of the packed schedule. It had previously agreed to a request from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to advance the start date of this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) from August 28 to August 26, the day after the scheduled last day of the second Test between West Indies Pakistan.