St Lucia to host first Day/Night matches in 2006

Published: Monday, September 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Trinidad:The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has released the itineraries for the next year's home series against Zimbabwe and India and announced that St Lucia will host the first ever day/night ODI in the West Indies.

The touring Zimbabwe squad will arrive in the region on April 12 for a month-long tour. They are scheduled to play two Tests and ODIs. The visitons will also play a University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI in a three day game at the Three W's Oval in Barbados, prior to the first Test in Guyana

Zimbabwe will also play a One-day practice match in Trinidad prior to the start of ODI series, also in Trinidad.

The first ever day/night ODI will be played between the two sides in St Lucia on May 10.Immediately after the Zimbabwe series, the India team will arrive for a six-week tour.The Indians are scheduled to play play four Tests, five ODIs, a One-day practice game in Jamaica, a three-day game in Nevis against the WICB XI.

Due to renovations being undertaken at Kensington Oval for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, there are no Tests of ODIs scheduled for Barbados during the 2006 home series.The WICB also announced that an England 'A' team and the Sri Lanka 'A' team will visit the Caribbean during 2006.

The English team will be in the Caribbean during February and March while the Sri Lankans will arrive in May for a one month-tour. The West Indies 'A' team is scheduled to go on a two-month tour to England next July.


Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe arrives - April 12 - Barbados

3-day tour match - April 15-17 - vs UWI XI, Barbados

1st Test - April 20-24 - Guyana

2nd Test - April 28 - May 2 - Trinidad

1 day practice game - May 4 - Trinidad

1st ODI - May 6th - Trinidad

2nd ODI - May 7th - Trinidad

3rd ODI - May 10th - St Lucia D/N

4th ODI - May 13th - Antigua

5th ODI - May 14th - Antigua

May 15th - Zimbabwe departs

India Tour

India arrives - May 15th - Jamaica

1 day practice game - May 18th - Jamaica

1st ODI - May 20th - Jamaica

2nd ODI - May 21st - Jamaica

3rd ODI - May 24th - St Kitts

4th ODI - May 27th - Trinidad

5th ODI - May 28th - Trinidad

1st Test - June 1st to 5th - Antigua

2nd Test - June 9th to 13th - St Lucia

3 day tour match - June 16th - 18th - Nevis

3rd Test - June 22nd to June 26th - St Kitts

4th Test - June 30th to July 4th - Jamaica

July 5th - India departs.

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