CWI is confident that players will get US visas in time for the last two T20Is in Florida
Some Indian and West Indian players are still waiting for their US visas to be issued, but Cricket West Indies (CWI) is confident that the matter will be sorted soon. The teams would have to go to Georgetown, Guyana, to get their travel permits, assuming that the US government approves them, which the CWI feels is probable.
Two Twenty20 Internationals between India and the West Indies are planned for this weekend in Florida. The two games will conclude the two sides’ five-match T20I series. The India tour to the West Indies began with a three-match One-Day International series, which the visitors won 3-0. The Men in Blue went on to win the opening T20I to grab a 1-0 series lead.
According to sources, the Cricket West Indies, which is hosting the series, has mobilized its relationships with the other Caribbean countries, and the Guyana government is assisting with the expedited processing of visas with the US Embassy. The travel authorizations have not yet been issued, but the CWI feels optimistic based on Skerritt’s comments. The same information has been given to all series stakeholders. The CWI has been considering alternatives in the event that travel clearances are delayed.
After playing two straight games at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts, on Monday and Tuesday, India will play the remaining two Twenty20 Internationals on August 6 and 7, which will be hosted in Florida, as of now.
The start of the second T20I was delayed by three hours, and CWI apologized for the inconvenience. The cause for this was a delay in the team’s baggage arrival, which resulted in the game starting at 11 PM IST instead of 8 PM IST. As a result, the start time for the third T20I has also been pushed back to 9:30 PM IST.