Lucknow to host first international match during West Indies tour of India

West Indies tour of India

West Indies tour of India: Windies’ bid to register their first Test win against India since May 2002 will get underway from October 4 at Rajkot, which has been announced as the venue for the opening Test of the two-match series.

BCCI, which announced the full schedule for Windies tour of India on Tuesday (September 4), allocated the second Test to Hyderabad with the match set to be played from October 12.

Windies’ full tour of India also comprises five ODIs and three T20Is, with the 50-over games set to be played following the Test series. Guwahati will host the first ODI on October 21 while the second game will be played in Indore on October 24. The third and the fourth games will be played in Pune (October 27) and Mumbai (October 29), while the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, which became an international venue in November 2017 when it hosted an India-New Zealand T20I, is set for its ODI debut when India lock horns with Windies in the fifth and final ODI on November 1.

The T20I series begins on November 4 with Kolkata hosting the first game. The second T20I will be played on November 6 in Lucknow, which will make its international debut, while the tour concludes with the third T20I which will be played in Chennai on November 11. This will be the first bilateral T20I series at home for India against Windies, with their semi-final loss to the Caribbean team in the World T20 in 2016 being their only other T20I meeting on Indian soil.

This will be Windies’ first tour to India for a Test series since their visit in November 2013 for two Tests, which was also the retirement series for Sachin Tendulkar. Windies suffered innings losses in both the matches in 2013 while they lost 2-0 to India in the four-match series they hosted in 2016. The last time India failed to win a Test series against Windies at home was in 1994 when the Caribbean side managed a 1-1 draw. The last time Windies won a Test series in India was way back in 1983 when they secured a 3-0 finish in the six-match series.
Windies are also yet to taste success in bilateral ODI series against India since May 2006, when they clinched an ODI series at home by a 4-1 margin. Their previous series success in ODIs in India came in November 2002 when they secured a 4-3 finish, winning the last ODI to clinch the seven-match series.

Full schedule:

1st Test4-8 OctoberRajkot
2nd Test12-16 OctoberHyderabad
1st ODI21st OctoberGuwahati
2nd ODI24th OctoberIndore
3rd ODI27th OctoberPune
4th ODI29th OctoberMumbai
5th ODI1st NovemberThiruvananthapuram
1st T20I4th NovemberKolkata
2nd T20I6th NovemberLucknow
3rd T20I11th NovemberChennai

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