England has expanded its commitments to the West Indies by expanding their winter tour as the Windies played a major part in helping international cricket return in 2020. The initial plan was to play two tests and three T20I’s but the ECB have extended the tour to have three Tests and five T20Is. The two teams will compete in test cricket for the newly-commissioned Richards-Botham Trophy while the T20 series will be the biggest series featuring the two reams.
“The three-Test match series will form part of the next ICC World Test Championship, whilst the additional iT20s will provide our England men’s team with valuable preparation ahead of the ICC World T20, which takes place in Australia later that year.” ECB chief exec Tom Harrison said.
This is a major boost for cricket in the West Indies with each Test estimated to bring in $18m while each T20 bringing in $3m.
“This expansion of next year’s England tour to the Caribbean is welcomed news for West Indies Cricket and for the region’s tourism economy.” Ricky Skerritt, CWI President said. “It has come about because of the special relationship that has been developed between our respective boards.”