West Indies news March 23, 2014

Jamaica set to host Gayle's 100th Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle is set to play his 100th Test at his home ground, in Jamaica, when New Zealand tour the Caribbean in June. The WICB has announced a three Test series between the two teams, and two Twenty20s. West Indies will then host Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs and a one-off T20.

The Jamaica Test will kick off the New Zealand series on June 8, and then the teams will play in Trinidad (from June 16) and Guyana (from June 26). The two T20s will be played in Dominica.

The Bangladesh series will kick off with the limited-overs games in Grenada and St Kitts, followed by the Tests in St Vincent and St Lucia. Bangladesh will have fond memories of their previous tour to the West Indies, in July 2009. Then, they recorded historic wins in both the longer formats, sweeping the Tests 2-0 and ODIs 3-0 against a weakened West Indies side.

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  • faras on March 23, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Both series during the hurricane season in the Americas. Rain will kill almost all the games, and pretty good chance there will be a F5 game instead on T20 because of rain.

  • Android on March 23, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    A pity that these matches can't take place during what used to be the traditional Caribbean season in March and April.

  • Ray on March 23, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    A good gesture indeed to align the venue for the upcoming first WI - NZ Test match, with the occasion of Gayle's 100th Test. At least, this is a step in the right direction, of attempting to stage crowd-pullers. Might it help too, if at least for a few years, that Tests in the Caribbean, be staged exclusively, at the traditional - Antigua, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad - venues, while using out-posts venues to spread the ODI and Twenty20 gospels?

  • CRIC on March 23, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Nice to see five test matches on the schedule...not before time. West Indies need to blood some new players, the test fortunes have taken a poor turn in recent months, leadership, composition and character all need to be addressed. With respect to Bangladesh, that series in particular should see some of the region's more promising younger players given a chance. Jerome Taylor has already come back and performed well in the regional competitions, it is time for him to get another run in the test side. A Roach-Taylor new ball partnership is strong, add another promising quick (one of the left armers Johnson or Cotterell perhaps) and the attack immediately has more potency and variation. New Zealand will provide a stern test, as they have some fine individual players and play good, hard cricket. Bangladesh will be no pushover either, likely finding the tracks similar to their own. Groundsmen, please get some life back into our pitches. The game as a whole will benefit...

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @Sylvia Gerard... No ODI's vs NZ because the time between two series will be taken up by the CPL2014

  • mustaq on March 23, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    graet news . chris gayle play 100 test for his home ground & score at least 100 for us .

  • siddhartha on March 23, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Another 300 for Gayle in his 100th test

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    What happens if the test series clashes with the Champions League t20?

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    no ODIs vs newzealand. Why?

  • Amit on March 23, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    great news all the best gayle,wicb now making good decisions

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