Report: West Indies’ Epic 2024 Cricket Calendar

Exciting Times Ahead for Cricket in the Caribbean

In a spectacular display of international cricket, the West Indies are set to host South Africa, England, and Bangladesh throughout 2024. This thrilling lineup promises a year packed with action and exceptional cricket, highlighting the Caribbean as a central hub for the sport.

Caribbean Welcomes South Africa and T20 Excitement

The series kicks off with South Africa arriving in Jamaica for three T20 International matches starting May 23 at Sabina Park. This high-stakes encounter is poised right before the T20 World Cup in June, co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA, setting the stage for an enthralling pre-World Cup spectacle.

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However, the timing coincides with the IPL playoffs, potentially affecting the availability of key West Indian players like T20I captain Rovman Powell and Shimron Hetmyer, who might still be in action for their IPL team, Rajasthan Royals. Cricket West Indies has confirmed that players can participate in the IPL until their respective teams are knocked out. The availability of players whose IPL teams do not reach the playoffs remains unconfirmed.

Test Challenges and Return Matches

Following a Test series tour to England in July, the Caribbean will welcome South Africa back for two Test matches in Trinidad and Guyana starting August 7. This series is not just a test of skill but also of endurance and strategy, culminating in another three T20Is at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad. This sequence ensures a robust cricket schedule leading into the Caribbean Premier League.

England’s Tour: A Mix of Formats

Post a white-ball tour in Sri Lanka, the West Indies will play host to England starting October 31. The schedule includes three One Day Internationals and five T20 Internationals, spread across the picturesque venues of Antigua, Barbados, and St Lucia. This tour is set to captivate audiences with a blend of strategic ODIs and fast-paced T20s, showcasing the diverse talent and competitive spirit of the teams.

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Bangladesh’s Comprehensive Caribbean Tour

The final leg of the hosting schedule sees Bangladesh touring the Caribbean from November 22 to December 19. Their all-format visit begins with two Test matches in Antigua and Jamaica, followed by three ODIs in St. Kitts & Nevis, and concluding with three T20Is in St Vincent. The tour marks a significant return to the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent, a venue that has not seen international action since 2014. Bangladesh will also play a preparatory warm-up game in Antigua, setting the stage for what promises to be a closely contested series.

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CWI CEO Johnny Grave has noted that while Grenada and Dominica are missing out this year due to stadium enhancements, both are set to host international cricket in 2025, further expanding the landscape of cricket venues in the West Indies.

This packed schedule not only celebrates cricket but also showcases the West Indies’ commitment to hosting top-tier international matches, promising a year filled with thrilling sportsmanship and competitive cricket.

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