ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday May 30, 2012 – One month from today (May 30),cricket fans in the United States are expected to be out in force in Florida as the West Indies face New Zealand in the first of two historic Twenty20 matches.
The second half of the Digicel Series 2012 will commence in the North American country when the West Indies plays there for the first time ever.
The double-header will be played on June 30 and July 1 at the 15,000 capacity Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Commercial Manager Nelecia Yeates commented: “We are delighted and excited to finally bring international cricket to the US. We are confident of overwhelming support for the matches especially from the West Indians resident in the US and Canada, but also from the wider Asian communities in the US as well.”
“Our team is known globally as one of the most charismatic and entertaining teams, especially in the Twenty20 format, and they will face strong competition from New Zealand so the matches are certain to be thrillers and we are ripe with anticipation,” Yeates added.
The two teams will also play five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests. The Digicel ODI Series will commence in Jamaica with two matches at Sabina Park and conclude in St Kitts at Warner Park which will host a triple-header.
The First Digicel Test will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground while the teams will return to Jamaica for the second and final Digicel Test.
It will be the first time the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground (SVRCG) facility will host a Test match since 2009.
Digicel Series 2012 – West Indies v New Zealand Schedule
Digicel Twenty20 Series
June 30 – First Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park, Florida, USA
July 1 – Second Digicel Twenty2- – Central Broward Regional Park, Florida, USA
Digicel One Day International Series
July 5 – First Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica
July 7 – Second Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica
July 11 – Third Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts
July 14 – Fourth Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts
July 16 – Fifth Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts
July 20 – 22nd New Zealand Warm Up Game – Antigua (Opposition TBC)
Digicel Test Series
July 25 – 29 First Digicel Test – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, Antigua
August 2 – 6 Second Digicel Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica