Afghanistan in West Indies 2017 March 29, 2017

Afghanistan, West Indies to play three T20Is, three ODIs in June

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan's first full series against a Full Member other than Zimbabwe will be played concurrently with the Champions Trophy © Associated Press

Afghanistan's first bilateral series against West Indies will include three T20Is and three ODIs, beginning in the first week of June. The series will be played concurrently with the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1 in England. West Indies, who haven't won a bilateral ODI series since 2014, beating Bangladesh at home, failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy.

All three T20s will be played at Warner Park in St Kitts, beginning from June 2. The ODIs, all of which will be played at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia, will begin a week later, on June 9.

The tour's original schedule included five ODIs and three T20Is. This series will also be Afghanistan's first full series against a Full Member other than Zimbabwe.

"It will also be an important series for our side," Roland Holder, WICB Manager of Cricket Operations, said, "as they look to move up in the ICC World Rankings in the two formats, and continue their quest to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales."

West Indies are currently placed ninth in the ODI rankings, followed by Afghanistan. West Indies will be hoping to climb up the rankings as only the top eight teams as of September end this year will gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup. They lost their last ODI series 3-0 to England earlier this month and have three more coming up against Pakistan in April.

West Indies and Afghanistan have never played an ODI against each other and the last time they squared up in a T20I, Afghanistan won by six runs, in a league match in the World T20 last year.

The upcoming three T20Is will start at 7pm and the day-night ODIs will start at 2.30 pm.

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  • ramcha9085979 on April 2, 2017, 15:34 GMT

    West Indies have nothing to gain from this series against Afghanistan. The series will not serve to identify technical or temperamental shortcomings or afford practice to build needed strengths. As for the results: victory would not be morale-boosting; it might just make people feel we are ok as we are. Defeat would be humiliation and proof if needed that the measure now is for intense clinics for a chosen squad, not to mention removal of the WIBC. I guess the Board thinks they will make money from an exercise that would be worthless from a cricket point of view.

  • wearea1129169 on April 2, 2017, 11:45 GMT

    AFG fans already started talking BIG of beating WI in WI straght away after beating broken ZIM & associate IRE by not even thinking if they can give a good fight against WI lol... poor world beaters ahead

  •   Mustafa Sarwari on April 1, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    As we saw the 2 T20's from WI vs Pak i can surely says both ODI and T20's series will be win by Afghanistan team so hope we see some good cricket from both side my favorite will be Afghanistan

  • cricfan4410050823 on March 31, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    Afg can beat wi in both formats and impress icc and get tset status

  • Kazi on March 31, 2017, 5:58 GMT

    After watching the performance of WI team in two recent T20I w PAK, I would say there is a very good chance of them to be beaten in both T20 and ODI by a spirited AGF team. Good for the subcontinent cricket if that happens, good luck. From a BD fan.

  • alfred on March 30, 2017, 15:45 GMT

    would have loved to see a 3 test series between these two... icc needs to give afg test status... have a feeling they would beat wi in tests......

  • ALIENA on March 30, 2017, 13:41 GMT

    It's time for the selectors to be competent enough to select a team that can perform and win. Drop Carlos Braithwaite as captain. WI will never win even an argument under his captaincy. Also, Jason Holder and Kraigg Braithwaite who bats in every format as if it's a test match. Good luck to which ever WI team the selectors seem to pick at this time.

  •   Biplob Bhattacharjee on March 30, 2017, 12:59 GMT

    West Indies may lose this series if they continue with Carlos, Holder & Kraig in the squad. Should prepare lively pitches & pit Roach, Joseph, Gabriel against the Afghan. Batting Powell, Ambris, Hope, Mohammod, Carter, Chase, Powell, Cornwell, Roach, Gabriel.

  • Alex on March 30, 2017, 11:25 GMT

    Tough times ahead for WI. Seeing how things are , one will see a group of disgruntled players deliberately under performing in order for WI to be beaten and look bad.

  • Allan on March 30, 2017, 11:20 GMT

    WI appear worse than they are in the shorter formats because they are handicapped by a rigid selection policy, so they are never send out the best team that the region has.

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