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WI, India for T20 showdown in Florida

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AMJermaine Lannaman
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The West Indies and India will later this month square-off in a two-match Twenty20 International series in Miami, Florida, partly as a make-up for the abandoned Test and one-day international (ODI) series in India in 2014, as well as a means of developing cricket in the United States.

This disclosure was made by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron, during a press briefing at Sabina Park yesterday.

"We saw the opportunity of a series with India being in the region at this time and thought it was a good idea,'' said Cameron.

''This is bearing in mind as well that the West Indies is potentially in charge of the Americas and our job is to develop cricket in the region.

''It's a good second step, we believe, as we have actually done this before in New Zealand in 2012, which for us was good enough success.''

The matches, which will see the two teams meet for the first time since the West Indies eliminated India in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in India, are slated to be held at the Broward County Regional Park cricket stadium.

The venue, which also hosted the WI-New Zealand series in 2012, also recently hosted the final set of six preliminary round matches in the ongoing HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.

''We are expecting really and truly at this point to have a very significant crowd, as we anticipate that we will have a number of supporters not just from the Diaspora of India, but also the Caribbean,'' said Cameron.

PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY

Cameron, who said the idea about the series emerged about a month ago, also outlined that preparations are now underway for commercial and television rights for the series, as well as ticketing.

''The plan is to at least get ticket sales underway very early and then start to get a good feel as to what we need to do,'' he said. ''This includes whether or not to add an overlay to the stadium.''

The stadium has capacity seating of 10,000. However, Cameron indicated that depending on ticket sales, temporary stands could be installed to accommodate another 20,000.

India and the West Indies are currently engaged in a four-match Test series in the Caribbean, also as a part of the make-up for the abandoned series in India in 2014, which resulted in the playing of four of five scheduled one-day internationals and none of three Tests and a Twenty20 International.