The fourth and fifth T20I India vs West Indies in Florida will go ahead as planned after Guyana’s president intervened to make visas available for players from both teams. The fourth T20I will be played on Saturday August 6 and the fifth on Sunday August 7 at the same location. Both teams will reach Miami on Thursday for the fourth T20I which kicks off at 10:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, August 6.
Initially, there were doubts whether the games would be played in Florida due to visa issues. However, everything seems to be back to normal now. Players from both teams have reached Miami for the last two T20Is and Cricket West Indies have also confirmed that both matches went smoothly.
“It was a timely and influential diplomatic effort on His Excellency’s part,” said Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), thanking the head of government of Guyana on August 4.
“They can only fly tomorrow afternoon. All visa applications have been approved but passports are not due back until this afternoon,” Skerritt said, revealing the reason for the trip delay. “Everything the IOC could do has been done. Last night’s charter in Miami, for those who previously had visas, presented a greater financial risk of delaying it than running it as previously planned,” Skerritt added.
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With the trip, the issues settled, the focus is now on both games. Rohit Sharma, who retired injured in the third T20I, is available for selection for the final two games in Florida. He has been injury prone for the past 18 months. The other players on the team are all in good shape. It will be up to the selection of the XI to play to determine which players will be tested in the last two games.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan , Arshdeep Singh
After a strong showing in the second T20I, Wst Indies succumbed to another loss in the third game. They failed to play consistently good cricket for long periods of time. There were stellar individual performances in the first three games, but they failed to perform collectively as a group.
“I felt we had to get wickets early. I did not do this. We felt like we had enough. India played well. Wicket was on the slower side, found it difficult to keep scoring on it. It would have been a different game had we had early wickets. We kept losing wickets in the middle of overs. We lost the game but did a lot of good things. I felt like we were 10-15 points short. But the first wickets could have changed the game today” said Pooran after T20I’s third loss.
West Indies team
Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran (W/C), Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Odean Smith, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Devon Thomas, Brandon King, Romario Shepherd, Dominique Drakes
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