On June 12, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule of India’s tour of the West Indies. The tour will start on July 12 and span over a month.
India will face the Caribbean team after a month-long break. Besides, they will look to come over the disappointing loss against Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2023.
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The West Indies, on the other hand, are all set to compete in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe starting June 18 before they square off against India.
Coming back to the West Indies vs India series, the tour consists of 10 matches across formats.
India is set to play two-match Test series, which is part of India’s 2023-25 WTC cycle.
The first Test match will be played between July 12 and July 16 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Dominica. Further, the second Test match will be played from July 20 to July 24 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Park Oval will host the 100th Test match between India and West Indies. And both Test matches will commence at 7:30 pm IST.
After the conclusion of the Test series, India and the West Indies will face each other in a three-match ODI series.
The first and second ODIs will be played on July 27 and 29 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. While the third and final ODI will take place on August 1 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
This ODI series will be important for preparation ahead of the upcoming World Cup 2023 in India.
India and the West Indies will then lock horns in a five-match T20I series.
The first T20I match will be held on August 3 at the same stadium in Trinidad. Subsequently, the second and third T20Is will be played on August 6 and 8 at the Guyana National Stadium.
The series will then conclude in the United States of America (USA). The last two T20I matches are scheduled to be played on August 12 and 13 at the Broward County Stadium in Florida.
West Indies vs India – Schedule, Venue, and Timings
|First Test||July 12-16||Windsor Park, Dominica||10:00 AM local / 7:30 PM IST|
|Second Test||July 20-24||Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad||10:00 AM local / 7:30 PM IST|
|First ODI||July 27||Kensington Oval, Barbados||9:30 AM local / 7:00 PM IST|
|Second ODI||July 29||Kensington Oval, Barbados||9:30 AM local / 7:00 PM IST|
|Third ODI||August 1||Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad||9:30 AM local / 7:00 PM IST|
|First T20I||August 3||Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad||10:30 AM local / 8:00 PM IST|
|Second T20I||August 6||National Stadium Guyana||10:30 AM local / 8:00 PM IST|
|Third T20I||August 8||National Stadium Guyana||10:30 AM local / 8:00 PM IST|
|Fourth T20I||August 12||Broward County Stadium, Florida||10:30 AM local / 8:00 PM IST|
|Fifth T20I||August 13||Broward County Stadium, Florida||10:30 AM local / 8:00 PM IST|
No. 3 batter Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t find himself a place in the Test squad following poor form. Along with him, pacer Umesh Yadav has also been dropped from the Test team.
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane, after making a comeback in the WTC Final in England, has been re-appointed as the Vice Captain of the Test side. Fast bowler Navdeep Saini is also making a comeback to the Test squad.
Young batters Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and pacer Mukesh Kumar, who were stand-bys for the WTC Final, have earned their maiden Test call-ups.
Moreover, both Gaikwad and Kumar are part of the ODI team for the West Indies series. Besides, wicketkeeper batter Sanju Samson also features in the white ball team in the absence of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.
India’s Test Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wr), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Navdeep Saini.
India’s ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.
India’s T20I Squad: Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Surya Kumar Yadav (VC), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya (C), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.
West Indies Test Squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Alick Athanaze, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kirk McKenzie, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican.
West Indies vs India – Broadcast and Live Streaming
Sports live-streaming platform FanCode (FC) holds the rights to this bilateral series. FanCode will stream the series live on their website and mobile app.
As per a Cricbuzz report, Dream Sports, the parent company of FC, has sub-licensed the streaming rights to Viacom18. So, Viacom18 will also stream the matches live on Jio Cinema in India. DD Sports, on the other hand, is likely to broadcast the West Indies vs India series live on TV.