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England announce extension of Caribbean tour next year to support Cricket West Indies after 2020 visit

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The ECB have announced an expanded men’s tour of the Caribbean in early 2022 as they look to repay a debt of gratitude for the West Indies’ decision to travel to the UK at the height of the pandemic last summer.

England will now play three Test matches in March (up from the the two in the Future Tours Programme) after five T20 internationals in January (up from two in the FTP). The venues will be confirmed next month.

The tour will end a busy winter for England, which starts with white-ball tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh before the T20 World Cup in India and, of course, the Ashes.

The Test series will be the first in which the two teams play for the Richards-Botham Trophy, which replaces the Wisden Trophy, honouring Sir Viv Richards and Sir Ian Botham, who were great friends and rivals in the 1980s.

The tour is of great value to Cricket West Indies and the region’s economy, with each Test estimated to be worth US$20-25million to a host island.

Ian Watmore, the ECB chairman, said: “We hugely appreciated the support of Cricket West Indies, and all its men’s and women’s players, in helping us host a full season of international cricket in the summer of 2020.

“Following the conclusion of those tours to England we have been in discussions with CWI to understand how we can best support them moving forward and one way was to extend our existing England men’s tours to the Caribbean in 2022.”

England’s 2022 West Indies tour schedule

Friday, January 28: 1st T20 International

Sunday, January 30: 2nd T20 International

Wednesday, February 2: 3rd T20 International

Friday, February 4: 4th T20 International

Saturday, February 5: 5th T20 International

Tuesday, March 1 to Friday, March 4: Warm-up match

Tuesday, March 8 to Saturday, March 12: 1st Test Match

Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 20: 2nd Test Match

Thursday, March 24 to Monday, March 28: 3rd Test Match

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