The tri-series will have a total of 10 ODIs    Getty Images
The tri-series will have a total of 10 ODIs Getty Images

The tri-series including Australia, South Africa and West Indies will be played under lights, West Indies cricket Board (WICB) confirmed. A total of 10 matches have been scheduled to be played that will be day-night fixtures, meaning the match timings are set to be more friendly for the Australian viewers. This is a major series with three very attractive teams featuring some of the world s best players. They are accustomed to playing under lights all over the world so we look forward to some very entertaining cricket, “said the WICB s Cricket Operations Manager Roland Holder. READ: David Warner says Australia want pink ball improved

According to, the operations manager went on to add, “We looked at ways to enhance the appeal and the spectator experience and it is accepted that fans like the day-night matches. I m sure we will have a win-win situation for players and fans and everyone will enjoy the afternoon start and the finish under lights.”

Australia s tours of West Indies have always given tough times to the fans back home. The two-match Test series played last year in Caribbean happened from midnight until 7am. So, the fans who sacrificed their sleep were the ones who watched the live action. However, in the upcoming tri-series the matches will be played from 3 am and will run until 11am. The time difference of about 14 hours is also far from ideal but it is way better than Australia s previous tours of West Indies.

Australia s first tour match of the tri-series is scheduled for June 5 against home side in Guyana. Australia’s 16-man squad, led by stand-in coach Justin Langer, departs for the Qantas Tour of the West Indies at the end of the month.