St. John’s Antigua- Cricket fans in the United States of America will have a double treat this summer as the West Indies face New Zealand in two historic Twenty20 matches in Florida.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday confirmed that the second half of the Digicel Series 2012 would commence in the North American country when the West Indies plays there for the first time.
The double-header will be played on June 30 and July 1 at the 15,000 capacity Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
The two teams will also play five ODIs and two Tests. The Digicel ODI Series will commence in Jamaica with two matches at Sabina Park and conclude in St Kitts at Warner Park which will host a triple header.
The First Digicel Test will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds while the teams will return to Jamaica for the second and final Digicel Test.
It will be the first time the SVRCG facility will host a Test match since 2009.
“We are delighted and excited to finally bring international cricket to the US. We are confident of overwhelming support for the matches especially from the West Indians resident in the US and Canada but also from the wider Asian communities in the US as well,” said WICB Commercial Manager Nelecia Yeates.
“Our team is known globally as one of the most charismatic and entertaining teams, especially in the Twenty20 format and they will face strong competition from New Zealand; so the matches are certain to be thrillers and we are ripe with anticipation.”
Digicel Series 2012 – West Indies vs New Zealand Schedule
Digicel Twenty20 Series:
June 30 – 1st Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park, Florida, USA
July 1 – 2nd Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park
Digicel One Day International Series:
July 5 – 1st Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica
July 7 – 2nd Digicel ODI – Sabina Park
July 11 – 3rd Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts
July 14 – 4th Digicel ODI – Warner Park
July 16 – 5th Digicel ODI – Warner Park
July 20 to 22 – New Zealand Warm-up Game – Antigua (Opposition TBC)
Digicel Test Series:
July 25 to 29 – 1st Digicel Test – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, Antigua
August 2 to 6 – 2nd Digicel Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica.