Sabina Park gets ready for Windies vs New Zealand
Courtney Francis

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Preparations are well underway as international Twenty20 (T20) cricket returns to Sabina Park next Wednesday when a strong New Zealand team, led by Captain Kane Williamson, tackle the West Indies in a three-match series set for August 10, 12, and 14.

The series marks the Black Caps first tour of the West Indies since 2014. Alongside Williamson will be outstanding fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, while Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell were added on the back of strong performances in recent wins over Ireland.

“Jamaican cricket fans will be in for a treat during what promises to be an explosive series,” said Jamaica Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis. He added that logistics are going well in anticipation of the arrival of both teams.

Francis noted that New Zealand will present a stern test for the Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies team currently participating in a series against India in the Caribbean and the United States.

“We are looking forward to hosting this series and we are calling on Jamaican cricket fans to come out in their numbers and rally around the West Indies,” he said.

Regarding the series, Francis said it offers cricket fans a chance to see their favourite stars in action and he anticipated a close and mouth-watering contest.

Jamaicans will also get a chance to see local rising batting star Brandon King in the maroon colours on home soil.

“Tickets are currently on sale on the West Indies website and will be available at Sabina Park next week,” the CEO said.

Blacks Coach Gary Stead is using the tour to help finalise his squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council World Cup in Australia this October.

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