Officials announced Monday that the West Indies will play England in Barbados, Antigua, and Grenada next year.
Traveling fans may join the visitors on a tour split between Twenty20 and Test cricket if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
From January 22 to 30, a five-match T20 series will be played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
In February, the West Indies will embark on their own white-ball tour of India before hosting England in a three-Test series in March.
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The teams will compete for the Richards-Botham Trophy in the red-ball matches, which is named after cricket greats and former Somerset teammates Vivian Richards (West Indies) and Ian Botham (England).
It will take the place of the Wisden Trophy, which was retired following England’s series victory last year. The Tests will be held in Antigua, Barbados, and Grenada, the home island of outstanding batsman Richards.
England’s Caribbean tours have always been profitable for the hosts, and next year’s trip is expected to be well attended by visiting supporters who were unable to travel due to the pandemic and will be unable to attend the 2021/22 Ashes in Australia.
Proof of completed vaccinations, on the other hand, will be required for admission.
The Twenty20 series is the longest to date between the West Indies and England, who will play each other in the T20 World Cup later this month in Dubai.”A West Indies vs. England home Test Series is the largest sporting and sports tourism event in the Caribbean,” said Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive Johnny Grave. These fixtures are steeped in history, dating back to 1930 when the first England team visited, and a new chapter in this great rivalry will be written, this time with the prize of the new Richards-Botham Trophy.”
Celebrating these two cricket heroes and lifelong friends with the new trophy, staging world-class cricket, and hosting thousands of England fans will be a welcome boost for cricket and the region as a whole.”We are all really looking forward to welcoming fully vaccinated England fans who can not only enjoy some winter sun and Caribbean hospitality but also some world-class cricket with both of these England tours,” the English administrator added.
England 2022 tour of the West Indies:
Jan 22: 1st T20I, Barbados
Jan 23: 2nd T20I, Barbados
Jan 26: 3rd T20I, Barbados
Jan 29: 4th T20I, Barbados
Jan 30: 5th T20I, Barbados
Mar 1-4: Warm-up, Antigua
Mar 8-12: 1st Test Antigua
Mar 16-20: 2nd Test, Barbados
Mar 24-28: 3rd Test, Grenada