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England Repay West Indies Debt With Expanded Caribbean Tour

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By AFP News
March 25, 2021 • 12:25 PM View: 833

English cricket chiefs responded Wednesday to West Indies' decision to play in England last year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic by announcing an expanded 2022 tour of the Caribbean.

In a joint statement, the two boards said a third Test had been added to a previously agreed two-match series, with a preceding Twenty20 campaign increased to five internationals from the original three.

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The West Indies played a key role in reviving the international game last year following a Covid-19 shutdown by touring England for cricket's inaugural 'bio-secure' series.

Their women's team later followed suit to spare their England counterparts a home season without any international cricket.

The men's series helped England and Wales Cricket Board avoid potentially crippling losses. There has long been an acknowledgment that English cricket 'owes' the West Indies, one of the global game's financially poorer leading teams.


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