The West Indies team landed in Guyana late Tuesday night as they commence preparations for the 2019 World Cup with a three-match One Day International (ODI) Series against Bangladesh.
Two of the three matches are set for the National Stadium, Providence with the first booked for Sunday and the second set for Wednesday.
Wednesday’s match will be the first ever day and night affair at the venue.
The third and final ODI will take place in St. Kitts
Only 11 out of the 13 man West Indies squad arrived Tuesday.
Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, who were both part of the Canada Global T20 League competition, were not with the squad but are expected to arrive soon. While the team was not able to facilitate the media with comments due to various circumstances, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) representative, Anand Kalladeen, who was at the airport, spoke on the GCB’s role in the series.
Kalladeen told the media that the Providence Stadium was in good shape and that the wicket was likely to have a little grass on top. He said that the West Indies team, fresh from their two-test series win over the same opponents was looking to up their rankings in the ODIs.
Concerning Guyana hosting the first two matches Kalladeen said …”We will do all that is in our power to ensure things run smooth here so that the team could start off on a winning note going to St. Kitts.”
Commenting on the ticket sales, Kalladeen said: “Tickets sales are slow for the first two days but with the team arriving we are hoping sales increase as we are looking for a sold out Providence Stadium.”
He indicated that for the matches reserve seating will be in place in order to avoid a mix up of the seating arrangements.