September 29, 2022

Tour of the West Indies in India: the teams obtain American visas, the fourth and fifth T20I take place as planned in Florida

The stamping of US visas was delayed and it took the intervention of Guyanese President Irfaan Ali to complete the paperwork. India and the West Indies will play the 3rd and 4th T20I on August 6 and 7 in Florida.

Rishabh Pant from India and Devon Thomas from West Indies during the 3rd T20I. (Courtesy of the AP)

STRONG POINTS

  • India currently leads the T20I 5-game series against West Indies 2-1
  • The teams obtained their American visas after the intervention of the president of Guyana
  • CWI was preparing a contingency plan to house the 3rd and 4th T20I in Port of Spain

The fourth and fifth T20I games between India and West Indies in Florida will go ahead as scheduled after the teams receive the US visas.

The stamping of US visas was delayed and it took the intervention of Guyanese President Irfaan Ali to complete the paperwork.

According to ESPNcricinfo, members from India and the West Indies had to fly to Georgetown on a charter flight after the third T20I to St. Kitts. Teams previously awaited their U.S. travel documents in Trinidad or St. Kitts, where the first three T20Is of the five-game series were played.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) were confident the problem would be resolved in time, but the board was also preparing a backup plan to house the third and fourth T20Is in Port of Spain. Those with the required U.S. visa flew in from St. Kitts, while the rest of the visitors will fly to Miami via charter from Georgetown on Thursday. India head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma are among those who will leave Georgetown.

The T20I leg of the limited series between India and West Indies was hit by logistical issues in the first and second matches. While the first T20I was delayed by three hours due to the late arrival of Trinidad’s team kits, the start time for the second game was pushed back by an hour and a half to give players time to rest and recovery.

India, who currently lead the five-game series 2-1, and the West Indies will face the fourth and fifth consecutive T20I on August 6-7.

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