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West Indies to host England in five T20Is, three tests in 2022

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LONDON – West Indies will host England in five Twenty20 internationals and three test matches in 2022 in an expanded schedule of their International Cricket Council (ICC) Future Tours Programme, the cricket boards of both teams said on Wednesday.

England were originally scheduled to play three T20s, and two tests for the new Richards-Botham trophy named after two of the teams  greatest players – Viv Richards and Ian Botham.

The T20 series will be the longest between the sides in the shortest format as they prepare for the T20 World Cup in 2022 in Australia, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

“An England tour to the West Indies is a special event, so by adding a third test and two T20Is to the original schedule it will enable more fans to watch the teams do battle and afford more of our countries the opportunity to host matches,” CWI CEO Johnny Grave said.

The venues for matches will be announced in April.

“The three-test series will form part of the next ICC World Test Championship, whilst the additional T20s will provide our England men s team with valuable preparation ahead of the ICC World T20,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.

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