England v West Indies, Twenty20 series August 3, 2011

ECB confirm two extra Twenty20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

The England & Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that it will be staging two extra Twenty20 fixtures against West Indies at The Oval in September, in order to fulfil their contractual obligations to Sky following the demise of the Stanford Super Series.

The matches, which were first proposed in June, will take place on Friday, September 23 and Sunday, September 25, with the first starting at 6.15pm and the second at 6.30pm - a week after the conclusion of the fifth and final ODI against India.

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said: "Surrey CCC is really pleased to be able to host these games at the Kia Oval in what will be a colourful and exciting end to the international summer.

"We want both games to be played in a friendly party atmosphere with a large turn-out from local residents in Lambeth and London, which is why tickets have been priced from only £25, with under-16s tickets on sale for £1."

England's players were understood to be angered by the addition to their summer's workload, especially in light of Andy Flower's pre-season plea for more consultation over itineraries. However, the only player who is sure to be involved at this stage is the Twenty20 captain, Stuart Broad, with many senior players expected to be rested ahead of the winter tour to India in October.

The matches were squeezed into the schedule because the ECB has already budgeted for the £360million it receives in TV revenue from Sky, and is unable to repay the money owed for failing to deliver the Stanford tournament. The West Indies matches are likely to be an annual event until the broadcasting rights deal expires in 2013.

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  • Jack on August 6, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    This time I hope the selectors pick the best T20 bowler in the regional tournament for the past two seasons - Santokil. They picked him in this season but did not play him in the game. We lost. I hope the lesson was learned.

  • Wayne on August 5, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    How very sad...... I shan't be watching, unless it's the West Indies women who are playing.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    There has been a historical rivally between these two teams which at times has rivaled and even exceeded the importance of the Ashes, and it would be wonderful to see that intense rivalry flourish again. The Oval is a special place for West Indian Londoners, so in my opinion it would be great to make this event an annual one. In order to do so, the West Indies must show that they are number one unbeatable in T20 cricket, and they can do it... but... they need Chris Gayle right now, and Pollard in the side. With those two, plus Darren Bravo, Samuels and Dwayne Bravo at bat, plus Rampaul, Bishoo and Edwards bowling, I don't think the team can lose. In this short version of the game I would not include Sammy, but instead I would include another all rounder, preferably Roach. The captaincy should be in the hands of Dwayne Bravo. The final spot can be filled by someone who impresses locally in the next month or so. If WI slaughter England it will give so much impetus to the starving fans!

  • STEVE on August 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT


  • Michael on August 5, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Now is the time to blood players like Shane Dowrich,Kyle Corbin,Carlos Brathwaithe,Jason Holder,@cgtboy87, Ramdin what !look the core of the TT players will be at Airtel.Of course Sammy will be capt.and Gibson the coach,and that would mean no Chris Gayle .K.Edwards is not a one day player, both Powell and K.Brathwaithe are not ready yet,and Samuels.Santokie,Russell,Barnwell and Bishoo must go,and I would take along Dwayne and Devon Smith too !

  • STEVE on August 4, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    the last time we creamed the england top 2020 team....west indies is just better than england in 2020..we have bigger hittters than them.we should win easy

  • Harvey on August 4, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Hopefully the ECB will put out a second string.

  • Robert on August 4, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    It's about time England players woke up and smelt the coffe - 2 twenty over games? Hardly a big effort for professional athletes. They need to realise that the person who pays the piper (Sky) calls the tune. They certainly would not be as wealthy as they are without the input of Sky. They also need to remember that it is the fans who pay for it all through their Sky subscriptions.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    Can't help but feel a series against Ireland would generate more interest than the West Indies, plus helping out our friends across the Irish sea.

  • Randy on August 3, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Hm, wonder who the windies will choose. I would just take a team of young players for these 2 matches.

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