West Indies announces itinerary for Zim tour

HARARE - The West Indies Cricket Board has announced the tour itinerary for Zimbabwe’s tour of the Caribbean next month.

World Twenty20 champions West Indies will face Zimbabwe in a six-match series.

The Windies, who lifted the ICC World T20 trophy in Sri Lanka two months ago, will take on the African visitors in two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals to kick-off the international cricket programme in the Caribbean for 2013.

 The tour will run from February 20 to March 20 with the ODIs matches at the Grenada National Stadium, the T20s at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, followed by the Test matches at Kensington Oval in Barbados and Windsor Park in Dominica.

The tour will see a return of international cricket to the Grenada National Stadium after a four-year absence. The last matches at the picturesque venue were back in 2009.

The series will also signal a resumption of Test cricket between the Windies and the Zimbabweans.

The two teams last met each other in the Caribbean in 2010 when they played only limited-overs matches.

For Zimbabwe, it will be the first time they will be playing Test cricket in a year.

FULL TOUR SCHEDULE

Wed, February 20: Zimbabwe v UWI Vice Chancellor’s XI, Grenada (venue to be confirmed)
Fri, February 22: 1st ODI — Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
Sun, February 24: 2nd ODI — Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
Tue, February 26: 3rd ODI — Grenada National Stadium, Grenada
Sat, March 2: 1st T20I — Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Sun, March 3: 2nd T20I — Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
Thu, March 7 to Sat March 9: Three-day warm-up — 3Ws Oval, Barbados
Tue, March 12 to Sat March 16: 1st Test — Kensington Oval, Barbados
Wed, March 20 to Sun, March 24: 2nd Test —Windsor Park, Dominica. - Sports Writer

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