West Indies U19 team to face USA U19 in five T20Is in Florida
West Indies U19 team will face the USA’s U19 side in five T20Is in Florida starting from August 8, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced on Monday (August 1). The series will be a historical occasion as for the first time in history both teams will be competing in a youth international series.
West Indies and the USA have qualified for the inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in January 2023. Hence the event will be a preparation for the tournament early next year.
Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI, shared his views on the importance of the tour. “Women’s cricket has been badly in need of a pathway for refreshing the team talent and widening the pool of players. That is why it was so urgent to start a girl’s programme,” Skerritt said.
“This historic first West Indies U19 Women’s tour to Florida is therefore a learning experience and a crucial step forward for West Indies cricket. We are delighted to be working so closely with USA Cricket again on what is a historic series for both of our organisations. We have been trying to do everything we can to grow the Women’s game at all levels across the Caribbean with a particular emphasis on the younger teams and the scale of the opportunity afforded to them,” he added.
The first two games will be under floodlights with a 6:30 pm local time start. The remaining three matches in the series will be daylight games starting at 10:30 am local time. The final match of the series will be on August 22, 2022.
Nadia T. Gruny, USA Cricket Board Member and Women and Girls Committee Chair, expressed her excitement. “We continue to appreciate the ongoing support and attention we are receiving from Cricket West Indies to help make this series a reality. USA Cricket has a strong vision to grow the Women and Girls game and have invested heavily in this next generation of American players,” she said
“For the girls to get the added bonus of playing on some of the same pitches and same stadium that some of the stars of the global men’s game will be using just hours before is a huge incentive and we all know how much this series will mean for both teams,” she concluded.
SCHEDULE – at Broward County Stadium (local time)
- 8 August: 1st Women’s U19 T20I – 6:30 pm
- 9 August: 2nd Women’s U19 T20I – 6:30 pm
- 11 August: 3rd Women’s U19 T20I – 10:30 am
- 12 August: 4th Women’s T20I – 10:30 am
- 14 August: 5th Women’s T20I – 10:30 am