England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced extending the side’s tour of West Indies to next year i.e., 2022.
The series initially comprised of two Tests and three T20Is has now been rescheduled to next year in January. Both the boards also mutually agreed on adding one Test and two T20Is, implying that next year’s series will comprise of three Tests and five T20Is.
During that time England will first tour West Indies in January for the five-match T20I series, followed by the Test series two months later in March.
“Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced the scheduled match dates for England’s next tour of the Caribbean in 2022. It represents an expanded schedule to the original International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP),” both the cricket boards said in a statement.
Both England and West Indies will face each other in the Test series that has been recommissioned as Richards Botham Trophy. The trophy has been named in respect to Ian Botham of England and Viv Richards of West Indies, the legendary cricketers from both the countries respectively.
“We are delighted that the ECB has agreed to increase the number of matches in their tour to the Caribbean next year”.
“An England Tour to the West Indies is a special event, so by adding a third Test match and two T20Is to the original schedule it will enable more fans to watch the teams do battle and afford more of our countries the opportunity to host matches,” Cricket West Indies’ CEO Johnny Grave said.