There are approximately four days until the first of two Florida T20 international matches between the West Indies and India, and there is currently no indication that teams will be able to travel to the United States.
Some members of both teams, including players, have so far failed to obtain US visas, Cricbuzz reported over the past two days.
Match hosts Cricket West Indies (CWI) have not given up hope, however, as the latest news from the Caribbean indicates that both teams will be flown to Georgetown, Guyana on Wednesday (August 3) when matches -you were fixed for them at the American Embassy there.
Cricket West Indies chairman Ricky Skerritt optimistic about visas for Florida matches
Florida games are saved in a last ditch effort with this. The rest, according to a CWI representative, is beyond their control.
“The US VISA entry appointments are made for Wednesday in Guyana. All relevant apps etc. have been done. Beyond that, we have no control. But we are optimistic,” Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI spoke to Cricbuzz on Tuesday, August 2.
The teams are aiming to be there by Thursday for the two games, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday (August 6 and 7) in Miami, Florida. Miami and Georgetown, Guyana are connected by a five-hour flight.
The CWI is simultaneously considering other preparations, according to a Miami source who told this publication that plans to hold the final two games in Florida are still in place. The report says Trinidad will most likely be the venue, but the CWI president declined to disclose his board’s second choice.
“Let’s keep it there for now,” Skerritt said when asked about other possibilities. Commercial stakeholders of the series have also been informed of the same – that there is no need to discuss alternatives at this stage as visas should be approved.
“The CWI will not send the Indian team to Guyana unless they are not sure of obtaining the authorization”, said the source, fully aware of the developments. The Indian team leads the series 2-1 after winning the third T20I against West Indies at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts by 7 wickets.
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