Bangladesh will play the first Test of their upcoming tour of West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and the second Test at Jamaica's Sabina Park after 14 years, according to the tour schedule announced by Cricket West Indies yesterday. The series will start with a two-day practice match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua from June 28 and end with the third T20I at Central Broward Regional Park in Florida on August 5.
The tour comprises two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is, with the last two matches to be held in Florida.
This is Bangladesh's fourth tour of the West Indies, the most recent being in 2014 when they failed to win a single game in any format. Bangladesh played their first bilateral series in West Indies in 2004 and began with a draw in the first Test, riding on centuries from Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Rafique and Khaled Masud at the newly named Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, but suffered an innings defeat in the second Test in Jamaica. The next tour was a much happier one as the Tigers won both Tests and three ODIs against a depleted West Indies in 2009, when the home side won just a T20I, while the other T20I abandoned because of rain.
Cricket West Indies are excited about the two T20Is in Florida. “We are delighted to include the matches in Fort Lauderdale on the schedule for the Bangladesh tour,” said CWI CEO Johnny Grave. “Both matches are scheduled for the weekend and will be played under lights, so it's a great opportunity for Windies fans in North America to see the team play against a very competitive Bangladesh side.”