India and West Indies could play a T20 series at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida, after the completion of the ongoing Test series. Officials of BCCI and WICB are set to meet in Florida to discuss the possibility of organising a short T20 series in the United States.
Broward Parks & Recreation Manager Duncan Finch confirmed that WICB have approached them regarding the availibility of the stadium. The Test series between India and West Indies is scheduled to end on August 22.
"We had an email enquiring about late-August availability of the stadium by representatives of the WICB last week. We have August 24 to 27, and they were asking about Sunday, August 28, as well. We would have to cancel a small event to give them the Sunday," Finch was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
The West Indies Cricket Board are also seeking permission from ICC to host the T20 matches in the US. The Lauderhill facility is the only ICC-certified limited-overs stadium in the United States. Therefore, it automatically becomes the only possible venue for the T20 series between India and West Indies to be staged.
The same stadium will be hosting six Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 matches, starting from Thursday. There are four pitches at the stadium, out of which, two are being used as practice wickets and the remaining two for the six CPL games.
The USA national cricket team will also practice at the same ground from August 1-3. Therefore, if ICC sanctions the T20 series, it will be interesting to see if they can prepare a suitable pitch.