St John’s – West Indies Academy will host a series against Ireland Academy from November 17 through December 5 in Antigua.
The series, which will comprise three 50-Over matches and two four-day matches, will be played between the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (SVRS) and Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG).
The first 50-Over match will be at the SVRS November 17, followed by the second match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on November 19. The third limited over match will be back at SVRS on November 21. Both four-day matches will be played at CCG – the first starting on November 25 and the second on December 2.
Graeme West, CWI’s High-Performance Manager, outlined the idea behind the series and the structure. He noted that CWI continues to prioritize the development of players with the aim to prepare them to play at the highest level.
He said: “We are delighted to host Ireland Academy in Antigua for what will be a highly competitive multi-format series. This series is critical in the players ongoing development and education and we are pleased that it will involve both red and white ball matches. 2023 has provided the players with some great exposure through the Headley-Weekes Series, the CG United Super50 Cup and the Republic Bank CPL, so this will be a fitting conclusion to the calendar year and provide the squad with clear aims and objectives going into 2024.”
West added: “These five matches are not being played in isolation, but form part of CWI’s overall high-performance strategy. We want to provide the squad with competitive environments and high-performance platforms that facilitate growth and prepare the players to excel in a West Indies shirt.”
November 17: 1st 50-Over match at SVRS
November 19: 2nd 50-Over match at CCG
November 21: 3rd 50-Over match at SVRS
November 25-28: 1st 4-Day match at CCG
December 2-5: 2nd 4-Day match at CCG