West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed that Afghanistan will tour the Caribbean in June to play three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.
The last time Afghanistan visited West Indies was during the 2010 World T20 tournament which was won by England when they defeated Australia.
The only time these two teams met each other was during the 2016 World T20 in India which Afghanistan went on to win by six runs while defending 124 runs.
The T20Is will be played at Warner Park on 2nd, 3rd and 5th June while Daren Sammy Cricket Ground will host the ODIs that has been scheduled on 9th, 11th and 14th of the month. Afghanistan will also get to play a warm-up game on 30th May.
Praising Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket, WICB Manager, Cricket Operations Roland Holder also sees this as an opportunity for West Indies to improve their rankings to secure automatic qualification for 2019 World Cup.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Afghans to the Caribbean for this short series,” said Holder.
“The series promises to be compelling, considering the result of the match between the two sides at the last ICC World Twenty20 in India, and Afghanistan’s gradual improvement over the last few years.”
“It will also be an important series for our side, as they look to move up in the ICC World Rankings in the two formats, and continue their quest to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales.
“The series will also be an opportunity for our fans to come out and watch the games at convenient times, as all the matches will be contested during the evening hours. The T20Is will start at 7 pm and the ODIs are all day/night, starting at 2:30 pm.”
Schedule of matches:
30th May – Warm up game at Warner Park
2nd June – First T20I at Warner Park
3rd June – Second T20I at Warner Park
5th June – Third T20I at Warner Park
9th June – First ODI at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
11th June – Second ODI at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
14th June – Third ODI at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground