Vol. 5 Num 694 Sat. May 13, 2006  

WI, India to play in USA

West Indies and India will contest between three to five one-day internationals in the United States and Canada later this year, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced.

The matches form part of a bilateral agreement reached at the recent International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on ways in which West Indies and India would co-operate in the future.

"The major breakthrough from this agreement will be the development and expansion of cricket in North America through the hosting of matches and, in particular, joint ventures to be pursued such as the opening of the multi-complex stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a news release from the WICB disclosed.

The ODIs targeted for August-September this year will be a major boost for the game in North America, particularly the United States which has gone through its share of administrative difficulties and lost out on a chance to host matches in Fort Lauderdale at the 2007 ICC World Cup being hosted by the West Indies.