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ECB likely to limit England cricketers’ involvement in IPL following Ashes failure

England’s recent flop show in the ongoing Ashes series would witness some stringent repercussions for England players featuring in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is reportedly looking to restrict their involvement in the lucrative tournament from the upcoming season.

For the previous season of the IPL, which was conducted in two-phases due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several England cricketers like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, and all-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes were rested for the national sides’s two-Test series against New Zealand because of their involvement in lucrative league and the Three Lions later lost the series to the Blackcaps 0-1 in 2021.

Now after the current Ashes debacle, a report in The Mirror has Times on Wednesday and said that the English cricket board is conducting a thorough review of the series loss and the ECB’s managing director Ashley Giles is preparing a list of recommendations to improve the “Test team’s fortunes”.

In the ongoing five-match Ashes series, England are 0-3 down against Australia. The tourists lost the Brisbane, Adelaide and MCG Tests by nine wickets, 275 runs and an innings and 14 runs respectively and was also on the verge of another defeat in the fourth affair at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) before the last-wicket pair of Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad miraculously managed to draw it for England.

England will now aim to salvage pride in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart from January 14.

As per the report, the ECB was planning to restricting the cricketers’ involvement in the IPL to “just the first few weeks” as it was well aware that the upcoming season of the league will now be of longer duration following the addition of two more teams – Ahemdabad and Lucknow.

Meanwhile, the 2022 season of the IPL will likely clash with England’s Test summer as the knockout stages would overlap with England’s first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s in early June.

With the addition of new teams in IPL, more England Test cricketers are expected to be going under hammer and be a part of the lucrative league apart from Buttler and Moeen, who have already been retained by Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the IPL mega auction.

The report also said that England players, who will be signed in the mega auction, will be asked to “cut short their time in the league so that they can play some first-class cricket before the New Zealand series begins”.

Earlier, former England skipper Michael Atherton ahd also slammed the ECB for allowing its players to play in the IPL at the expense of national duty.

“The leading multi-format players are paid seven-figure sums, but, incredibly, the ECB washes its hands of them for two months of the year during the Indian Premier League,” he had written in the Times.

“The players should be told that, while the ECB will be accommodating of the request to play in IPL, a 12-month contract is exactly that, and the granting of a no-objection certificate to play in IPL and other franchised competitions is contingent on it being in the best interests of the England team. Players should not miss international duty to play in the IPL, nor be rested and rotated to allow them to play elsewhere,” added he.

England’s Jofra Archer undergoes second elbow surgery, ruled out until next summer

England’s star pacer Jofra Archer has been ruled out of action until next summer after he underwent a second surgery on his injured right elbow recently.

Issuing a statement, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that the medical procedure had “addressed the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow”.

“The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that fast bowler Jofra Archer underwent a second operation on his injured right elbow on Saturday 11 December in London. The procedure addressed the long-standing stress fracture of his right elbow,” said the statement on Wednesday.

“A return to cricket will be determined in time, but Jofra will not be available for any of England’s remaining Winter series,” added the statement.

The second surgery means that the 26-year-old Barbadian-born cricketer will not go under the hammer in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled to be held in January.

Earlier, Archer, along with his England teammate and all-rounder Ben Stokes, had missed the Dubai leg of IPL 2021 for Rajasthan Royals, which had earlier this month decided to let go of both the players ahead of the upcoming mega auctions.

Notably, Archer had last featured in international cricket in the five-match T20I series against India in February, where he had scalped seven wickets at an economy rate of 7.75.

Later, he was forced to miss the entire IPL 2021 season — in India as well as in the UAE — due to a right elbow injury.

The pace bowler was ruled out of cricketing action for rest of the year in May following a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow.

ZEEL bags UAE T20 League’s broadcast rights for 10 years

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), an Indian media conglomerate which is headquartered in Mumbai, has acquired the broadcast rights for the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) UAE T20 League for a period of 10 years, reports have suggested.

As per reports, the broadcasting deal was signed for $150 million over the 10-year period which means ZEEL will be paying $15 million per year to the ECB as broadcast rights fee for the tournament.

The deal comes at a time when ZEEL is in the process of merging its business with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and the merger means that the combined entity will be a big player in the sports broadcasting business.

Earlier, ZEEL had quit the sports business in 2016 after selling its Ten Sports to Sony for $385 million.

Recently speaking at APOS India 2021 event, ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka had said that the Zee-Sony merger deal is in progress and the $1.57 billion growth capital infusion by Sony will allow the merged entity to invest in high-quality content, including sports.

“Zee and Sony will form the largest media and entertainment player in the country. Our revenue on a standalone basis will be close to $2 billion and the growth capital that Sony is going to infuse in the merged entity will give us the opportunity to invest in premium content including sports,” Goenka had said.

“There is a going to be a huge opportunity on both digital and linear side to create big scale entertainment properties and acquire large IPs across genres,” he had added.

“While we will reconsider sports on a standalone basis but right now my focus is look on joint consolidated basis with Sony. A lot has changed since we exited the sports business and funnily so, we sold it to Sony, and it’s coming full circle back home,” he had further expressed.

Notably, the deal might be very fruitful for ZEEL as Cricket, which has over 2.5 billion fans across the globe, is the second most watched sport in UAE as the country has a huge diaspora from cricket-loving nationas especially India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The six-team league will kick off early next year.

What looks interesting is that three of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises – Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will acquire a team in the UAE T20 league.

Moreover, the Glazer family, owners of the Manchester United, and Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

While MI had recently announced to acquire a frnachise, the others are reportedly in process of doing so.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, on November 24 had announced to acquire a team in the UAE T20 League.

“Reliance Industries Limited, through its subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) will be acquiring the rights to own and operate a new franchise cricket team in the Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming UAE T20 League. The move is the first major overseas expansion of Reliance Industries’ cricket operations in the global franchise-based cricket leagues,” the organisers had said in a statement.

On the other hand, Nita Ambani, co-owner & architect of Mumbai Indians had said: “With great pride and joy, we take our Mumbai Indians brand of fearless cricket to a new geography. We are thankful to our fans, both in India and overseas, for supporting MI wholeheartedly. I look forward to strengthening and further expanding our global fanbase, and having a longer engagement with them through this new League.”

“While Mumbai Indians will continue to remain at the heart of our cricket operations, the popularity of global T20 leagues and attractiveness of the UAE market offer a unique opportunity for us to further unlock the value of our sports management expertise. It also allows us a platform to develop young international talent and share best practices both on and off the field,” she added.

For the initial few years, the league will feature six franchise teams competing in a 34-match event. The League will involve some of the biggest names in world cricket and provide a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers.

RIL subsidiary announce to acquire franchise in UAE T20 League

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, on Wednesday announced to acquire a team in Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) UAE T20 League.

Named as Premier League T20 (PLT20), the six-team league will kick off early next year and will also witness a couple of more IPL franchises – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delhi Capitals (dc).

Meanwhile, the Glazer family, owners of the Manchester United, and Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

“Reliance Industries Limited, through its subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) will be acquiring the rights to own and operate a new franchise cricket team in the Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming UAE T20 League. The move is the first major overseas expansion of Reliance Industries’ cricket operations in the global franchise-based cricket leagues,” the organisers said in a statement.

On the other hand, Nita Ambani, co-owner & architect of Mumbai Indians said: “With great pride and joy, we take our Mumbai Indians brand of fearless cricket to a new geography. We are thankful to our fans, both in India and overseas, for supporting MI wholeheartedly. I look forward to strengthening and further expanding our global fanbase, and having a longer engagement with them through this new League.”

“While Mumbai Indians will continue to remain at the heart of our cricket operations, the popularity of global T20 leagues and attractiveness of the UAE market offer a unique opportunity for us to further unlock the value of our sports management expertise. It also allows us a platform to develop young international talent and share best practices both on and off the field,” she added.

Meanwhile, Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman of the UAE T20 League and vice chairman ECB, felt that RILs investment in UAE T20 League demonstrates the confidence of the corporate industry in UAE’s vision and ability to deliver a world class cricketing event.

“We aim to transform cricket in the UAE through the UAE T20 League. Our wider plan includes expansion of cricket through various development programs being conducted in UAE by the League franchisees including talent hunts, coaching, and training by some of the best in the business,” said Zarooni.

“RIL has the legacy with a proven track record in establishing the most successful team in franchise cricket. Association of vanguard like RIL with the League demonstrates the confidence in our system and the strength of our infrastructure to deliver world class events. We are pleased to welcome RIL onboard and look forward to having an exciting and continuing alliance,” he added.

Significantly, the UAE T20 League, which is sanctioned by Emirates Cricket Board will be held annually.

For the initial few years, the league will feature six franchise teams competing in a 34-match event. The League will involve some of the biggest names in world cricket and provide a platform and exposure to upcoming young cricketers.

Man Utd owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians acquire franchises in Emirates T20 league

Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming inaugural season of Premier League T20 (PL T20), a T20 League, received a major boost as some giants of the sporting world have acquired teams in the tournament.

According to a report in Times of India (ToI), English Premier League giants Manchester United owners – The Glazer family, which had failed to buy a team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, have bought a team in the Emirates T20 league along with bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Indians.

Khan also co-owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoys a massive fan-following in the UAE which is seen as one another reason to boost the league.

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property as quoted by Times of India.

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers have also became part of the league.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” industry executives, tracking developments of the development, were quoted as saying by Times of India.

According to reports, defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also in the fray to acquire a team however, they backed down at the eleventh hour.

Earlier in August, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had announced the launch of PLT20, a six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February 2022.

The T20 league was sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement, the tournament logo was also unveiled which is an ode to its home city – Dubai.

The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

The league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

England will play two additional T20Is in Pakistan next year: ECB CEO

The England men’s cricket team will play two additional T20Is against the hosts when they tour Pakistan in September-October 2022, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Tom Harrison has announced.

The announcement by the ECB CEO was made after his meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed Chairman Ramiz Raja in Lahore on Tuesday.

Notably, the ECB’s top administrator has flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with the PCB which was strained after England cancelled its Pakistan tour in September, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”, just days after New Zealand also pulled out of a tour to Pakistan over security concerns.

Commenting on his meeting with Raja, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said: “Myself and ECB’s Senior Director Martin Darlow visited Lahore to talk face to face with the PCB around some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks, leading to the cancelation of our tour in October. We also wanted to discuss the future as the two boards have a historic relationship and want to move the agenda towards a forward-looking one as opposed to one looking back.”

“We’re happy to announce that we’ll play two extra white-ball T20Is on our men’s tour of Pakistan in September/October 2022. We will then return after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia to complete the Test match element of that tour. This is just to reaffirm our commitment to Pakistan cricket to getting England teams, men’s and women’s teams, eventually playing in Pakistan at home. I don’t think there’s a cricketer in England who doesn’t want to test their abilities against the huge talent this country has and in the conditions they know best,” he added.

On the other hand, Raja expressed: “The ECB have shown their large heartedness to be here for which I am thankful to Tom and Martin. It means a lot to us. We are excited that England have committed to playing two additional T20Is as part of their white-ball tour in September/October in 2022. We put in lot of efforts to make sure that all visiting teams are comfortable in Pakistan. As such, it is a matter of pride for the Pakistan fans, who look forward to welcoming Australia and England in 2022.”

“England have got a great team and it’s mind-boggling how they’ve produced so many match-winners in a span of about five to seven years. They play very engaging and attractive cricket, which is fantastic for the fans and a big advertisement of the game,” he added.

After Pakistan, Harrison is scheduled to visit the UAE later this week for an International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting.

Earlier, the ECB after cancelling the recent tour, had assured the PCB that it will play a full series against Pakistan next year.

ECB chief arrives in Pakistan to repair relations with PCB

In a bid to repair the England Cricket Board (ECB) relations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which was strained after the cancellation of England’s T20 tour of Pakistan, the English cricket board’s Chief Executive Tom Harrison on Tuesday arrived in Lahore.

During his short tour, Harrison is scheduled to meet the newly appointed PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja on Tuesday afternoon.

As per reports, the ECB’s top administrator has flown to Pakistan to re-establish relations with PCB and during the meeting with Raja, the ECB chief will discuss England’s visit to Pakistan in 2022.

After Pakistan, Harrison is scheduled to visit the UAE later this week for an International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting.

Notably, relations between the two cricket boards was damaged after England cancelled its Pakistan tour in September, citing “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”.

Just few days after New Zealand had abandoned their limited-overs tour of Pakistan citing security concerns, the ECB, releasing a statement last month, had also cancelled their tour.

“Earlier this year, we agreed to play two additional T20 World Cup warm-up games in Pakistan in October, adding a short women’s tour with double headers alongside the men’s games,” an official ECB statement had said.

“The ECB Board convened this weekend to discuss these extra England Women’s and Men’s games in Pakistan and we can confirm that the Board has reluctantly decided to withdraw both teams from the October trip,” it had added.

“We understand that this decision will be a significant disappointment to the PCB, who have worked tirelessly to host the return of international cricket in their country. Their support of English and Welsh cricket over the last two summers has been a huge demonstration of friendship. We are sincerely sorry for the impact this will have on cricket in Pakistan and emphasise an ongoing commitment to our main touring plans there for 2022,” the ECB further said.

The ECB had, however, assured the PCB that it will play a full series against Pakistan next year.

Significantly, several former cricketers had slammed the ECB for cancelling the tour with former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding saying that had it been an India tour, they would not have had the guts to tell the Indian cricket board they would not tour their country.

“Four days in Pakistan (was all they would have spent), I am absolutely sure they would not have done that to India,” Holding was quoted as saying by SkySports.

“What that signal sends to me is the same western arrogance. I will treat you how I feel like treating you — it doesn’t matter what you think, I will just do what I want,” added Holding.

The former West Indies great also agreed with England great Michael Atherton, who too had criticised the ECB for pulling out of the tour.

ICC seeks probe into crowd behaviour in Dubai

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to thoroughly investigate the incident of attempts by hundreds of ticketless people attempting to get an entry into the Dubai International Cricket stadium for the Pakistan-Afghanistan ICC T20 World Cup ‘Super 12’ match on Friday night.

Although over 16,000 tickets were issued for the night game between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as per reports, thousands of ticketless fans travelled to the venue and attempted to gain an entry into the stadium forcefully, the ICC said in a statement late on Friday.

Issuing a statement, the ICC said: “More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.
More than 16,000 tickets had been issued for tonight’s game between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, thousands of ticketless fans traveled to the venue and then attempted to force entry into the stadium.”

“Dubai Police and security staff secured the stadium to ensure the safety of everyone inside and brought in significant additional resources to disperse the crowd and calm the situation. At approximately 7pm, Dubai Police directed that all gates should remain closed and no further entry was permitted to maintain a safe and controlled environment inside the venue,” it added.

The Global body further said: “The ICC has asked the ECB to undertake a thorough investigation into tonight’s events to learn any lessons and will work closely with authorities to ensure there is no repeat of this situation in the future. The ICC, BCCI and ECB apologise to any fans with valid tickets who were unable to enter the stadium tonight and request they contact the ticket provider.”

Notably on Friday, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan side maintained their winning streak in the showpiece event as they defetaed Afghanistan by five wickets in a thrilling encounter in Dubai. With the victory, the Green Brigade also completed their hat-trick of wins in the Super 12 round and also consolidated their position on top of the Group 2 table.

Chasing 148 for victory, Pakistan rode skipper Babar Azam fifty along with cameo of Asif Ali to cross the finish line with an over to spare.

While Babar top-scored with 51 runs, Fakhar Zaman chipped in with a valuable 25-ball 30.

However, it was Asif’s cameo down the order which helped Pakistan seal their third straight victory. Asif played a scintillating 7-ball 25-run cameo, which was laced with four massive hits into the stands.

Pakistan had earlier defeated arch-rivals India in their campaign opener by 10 wickets before beating New Zealand in their second game.

The Babar Azam-led side will next take on Namibia on November 2 in Abu Dhabi before taking on Scotland in their last league affair at the Sharjah Cricket stadium on November 7.

Meanwhile after Friday’s win over Afghanistan, Pakistan have already sealed a semi-final berth. With three wins from as many games, the Green Brigade currently tops the Group 2 standing with six points in their kitty with a decent Net Run-Rate (NRR) of 0.638.

Afghanistan are placed second in the table with one win from two games.

BCCI appoints VPS Healthcare to manage bio bubbles during T20 World Cup

The UAE-based VPS Healthcare, which had successfully managed the bio-bubble during the just concluded 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reappointed the multinational healthcare group for providing medical services in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, it will be the third time when the VPS Healthcare has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the medical side of a huge cricket tournament.

With a strength of over 2000 people, which will include as many as 16 teams within the bio-secure environment this time, it is going to be the biggest bio-bubble ever managed during any international cricket tournament held in the past couple of years.

The healthcare group will not only look after the players and support staffs but also their families, broadcast crew, BCCI and ICC officials, staff at the hotel and stadium.

Meanwhile, as per reports, the healthcare group has implemented some stringent protocols to avoid any breach of the bio-secure environment during the showpiece event.

Reports said that for the T20 World Cup, the medical group has created a total of twelve bio-bubbles across nine hotels. While seven bio-bubbles are in Dubai, the remaining five have been set up in Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the healthcare group will also use Rapid RT-PCR tests in case of any emergency as it would give the test results within a short duration of just 20-30 minutes.

“In contrast to the earlier times, all members within the bio-bubble are vaccinated. Despite that, all will undergo regular RT-PCR tests to uphold the safety measures. The testing protocol for the members in the bio-bubble has been set by the ICC,” stated a release.

Throughout the showpiece event, the medical group is expected to conduct more than 20,000 PCR tests. VPS is said to be able in conducting over 2,000 PCR tests per day, with a turnaround time of 6 hours for the results.

VPS will not only secure the bio-bubble but will also provide holistic medical support for the T20 World Cup.

Experienced in offering 360-degree healthcare services for sporting events, it will provide a broad range of services, including emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.

VPS Healthcare will also be managing the medical services at the stadiums and during practice sessions of the teams and meanwhile, the company has also put doctors at the hotels of the players, support staffs, broadcast crews and other officials to cater to their need in case of any emergency.

Also as the ICC has allowed 70 percent spectators allowed at the venues, the mediacl group has also set up spectator clinics in the various stadiums to look after any emergency case.

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been put in place across VPS’ Burjeel hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for the immediate treatment of players or other stakeholders.

The release also stated that anybody requiring the air ambulance facility will be taken to Burjeel’Medical City, VPS’ quaternary care facility at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

England to tour West Indies for T20I series, three Tests in 2022

England will tour the Caribbean to play a five-match T20I series and three Tests in 2022, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced.

England will tour West Indies in January and March 2022.

As per the schedule, all five T20I match will be held in Barbados across a nine-day period from January 22 to 30, 2022.

Following West Indies’ white-ball tour of India in February 2022, the West Indies will welcome England back to the region for a three-match Test Series to compete for the newly created Richards-Botham Trophy. This new trophy honours two legends of cricket, Ian Botham and Vivian Richards, whose friendship and on-field heroics became synonymous with some of their respective teams greatest Test match moments.

The Test series will start at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground (SVRCG) in Antigua on March 8, 2022 before moving to the Kensington Oval in Barbados for the second Test starting on March 16.

The third match will commence on March 24 in Grenada at the National Cricket Stadium.

Commenting on the development, Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the venues for this extended West Indies vs England T20I and Test Series. The history and rivalry between the two teams creates great anticipation for fans here in the Caribbean and around the world. These fixtures are part of a bumper year of international home cricket running from January to August in the Caribbean.” Grave added: “A West Indies vs England home Test Series is the biggest sporting and sports tourism event in the Caribbean. Dating back to 1930 when the first England team visited, these fixtures are steeped in history and a new chapter in this great rivalry will be written, this time with the prize of the new Richards/Botham Trophy.”

“Celebrating these two heroes of cricket and lifelong friends with the new trophy, staging world class cricket and hosting thousands of England fans will be a welcome boost for cricket and for the whole region. We are all really looking forward to welcoming fully vaccinated England fans who can not only enjoy some winter sun and Caribbean hospitality but also some world class cricket with both these England Tours, as well as the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup that will also take place in the West Indies in January next year,” he added.

ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES 2022 MATCH SCHEDULE

West Indies v England T20I Series, all played at the Kensington Oval, Barbados

Saturday January 22 – 1st T20I West Indies v England

Sunday January 23 – 2nd T20I West Indies v England

Wednesday January 26 – 3rd T20I West Indies v England

Saturday January 29 – 4th T20I West Indies v England

Sunday January 30 – 5th T20I West Indies v England

West Indies v England Test Series

March 1-4 – Four-day warm-up match at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 8-12 – 1st Test Match West Indies v England at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

March 16-20 – 2nd Test Match West Indies v England at Kensington Oval, Barbados

March 24-28 – 3rd Test Match West Indies v England at National Cricket Stadium, Grenada