India slated for two T20Is with West Indies in Florida in 2019: report
Florida's Central Broward Regional Park has hosted eight T20Is. @Getty

The Indian cricket team is lined up to play West Indies in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida next July, following the conclusion of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, ESPNcricinfo has reported.

As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, West Indies are scheduled to host India for ODIs and Tests next summer and the plan is to have the tour begin with the T20Is in Florida as part of a long-term plan for at least two T20Is in the USA each year leading upto 2022.

“There’s full board support as part of our strategic plan over the next five years to bring regular games into the Americas. So not always talking about USA, we’re talking about Canada and other parts to try to grow the sport. The whole ICC strategic plan is around growing the game and we’re huge advocates of Associate cricket,” Cricket West Indies CEO Jonny Grave was quoted as telling ESPNcricinfo.

“We want to grow the game. We’re big advocates of playing in the Olympics even though one might argue that’s quite complicated because effectively we’d be playing as the separate sovereign countries of the West Indies – but we don’t have a problem with that.”

Florida has become the top cricketing destination in the USA. India and West Indies played two T20Is at the Central Broward Regional Park at Lauderhill in 2016, after a full series in the Caribbean. Most recently, West Indies hosted Bangladesh there last month.

According to Grave, CWI needs the ICC’s permission to host the India vs West Indies matches.

“Clearly we have to discuss that with sponsors and broadcast partners, but realistically when you’re playing India in the Caribbean you have to play either very late at night or very early in the day. If you’re playing India, the passion of the India fans, they’ll turn up whether you play at 11am or 9pm at night,” he said.