Richards-Botham Trophy Holders Windies Will Visit England

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Caribbean side have chance to bounce back from the doldrums with three-Test whistlestop tour

The West Indies, who later this year will be absent for the very first time from the Cricket World Cup, have their work cut out next summer when they tour England.  A trio of Test matches will be contested with the Caribbean side aiming to defend the Richards-Botham Trophy. The Windies won the inaugural series on home soil in 2022.

The teams only locked horns once before for the coveted trophy, named in honour of the legendary all-rounders Sir Vivian Richards and Lord Ian Botham. The pair used to play together for Somerset and regularly face each on the international arena.

North Sound in Antigua & Barbuda built the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium especially for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, to host Super 8 matches. Nowadays, sadly the West Indies are in the doldrums having recently crashed out of the 2023 Cricket World Cup at the qualifying stage.


Lord’s, named after founder Thomas Lord and home to English county side Middlesex, kicks off the whistlestop tour with the 1st Test on 10 July.

The series then moves to Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge for the 2nd Test, beginning on 18 July. With Warwickshire’s Edgbaston concluding the tour with the 3rd Test scheduled to start on 26 July. The results will also form part of the ICC’s World Test Championship 2023/25.

Johnny Grave, CEO of Cricket West Indies (CWI), announced on the CWI site of “West Indies and England have had many enthralling duels on the field over the last 95 years, and we expect another great series in 2024 — which will mark the 40th anniversary of the famous tour of 1984, when West Indies won 5-0.

“This series next year will see us defending the Richards-Botham Trophy, as we continue to celebrate the relationship of the teams and honour the legacy of two of the game’s greatest players.”

10-14 July | 1st Test at Lord’s, London

18-22 July | 2nd Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

26-30 July | 3rd Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham

Image by Johnnie Shannon from Pixabay

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