India could add two more Twenty20 internationals to their West Indies tour


It's believed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to play two more Twenty20 Internationals in the West Indies than were originally planned. The extra games will be included in the comprehensive series that was a part of the FTP in July–August. Instead of three T20Is, the tour will now have 10 games: two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is.

The BCCI is also thinking of hosting another brief home series in June. A three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka or Afghanistan in the second half of June, specifically following the World Test Championship (WTC) final, is being considered, however nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Such a series will need to be organized between the West Indies tour, which the squad is anticipated to travel for in the first week of July, and the WTC final in London (from June 7–11).

According to information obtained by Cricbuzz, discussions with several boards about this had place in the past, but the results are still unknown. The BCCI will need to choose a temporary broadcaster if that series materializes because it is doubtful that the new broadcast agreement will have been finalized by then. In the final ODI against Australia on March 22, the current agreement came to an end.

The additional games for the West Indies series were decided bilaterally on the sidelines of the most recent ICC meetings in Dubai. The president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) declined to confirm or deny when asked. According to Ricky Skerritt of Cricbuzz, "BCCI and CWI have a healthy bilateral relationship that is founded on mutual respect and understanding of each other's requirements and roles in international cricket."

The 10-game series is anticipated to begin with a test match between July 10 and 12, and the schedule is anticipated to be finalized following the CWI's annual general meeting on Saturday. The CWI president stated, "The timetable will be released as soon as possible." India will depart from the Caribbean to play three Twenty20 Internationals in Ireland during the third week of August, according to a recent statement from Cricket Ireland.

The Indian teams will therefore have a busy schedule from March 31, when the IPL begins, to the World Cup, with the WTC final (June 7–12, including the reserve day), directly after the IPL (March 31-May 28). The yet-to-be-announced series will probably take place in the second half of June, and it will be followed by visits to the Caribbean and Ireland, the Asia Cup in September, a three-match ODI series against Australia, and the ODI World Cup in October-November.

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