Cricket West Indies (CWI) has been bowled a potential financial boost, after it was revealed that the Caribbean squad are expected to be part of a bilateral 37-day tour of New Zealand.
David White, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive, claims that he had received confirmation from CWI that the Windies would soon be part of a tour that would also feature Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The tour, scheduled to be played behind closed doors like the recent Windies’ seven-week three Test series in England, will be governed under the same bio-secure conditions. This would replace their original scheduled tour to New Zealand for three Tests in November under the Future Tours Programme.
England bounced back from losing the opening test at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl in Southampton to triumph 2-1 and claim the Wisden Trophy following back-to-back victories at Lancashire’s Old Trafford ground in Manchester.
The Windies, heavily reliant on Barbados players in England, fell short in all aspects of the team’s make-up leaving question marks over their batting, bowling and fielding.
White explained: “We are just working through the content, but probably five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). I was just on the phone to the West Indies, they’re confirmed.
“We’ll just be held up for a week or two while we work with the government agencies on the managed isolation, but they’ve been extremely supportive.”
New Zealand cancelled July’s tour of the Caribbean for three ODIs and three T20Is due to the on-going health issues because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The country recently announced another phase of lockdown in the capital of Auckland, following four positive cases of the coronavirus. The NZC are in deep discussions with the government on measures to guide protocols for the upcoming tours, which would involve a now standard 14-day quarantine for all arriving Test contingents.
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