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Cricket: Tri-series in Caribbean to make floodlight history

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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS: The upcoming tri-series between the West Indies, South Africa and Australia will be the first series in history to see all matches played under floodlights, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced on Saturday.

All 10 of the one-day internationals will be day/night affairs, with the first match on June 3.

“This is a major series with three very attractive teams featuring some of the world’s best players,” WICB Operations manager Roland Holder said.

“They are accustomed to playing under lights all over the world so we look forward to some very entertaining cricket.

“We looked at ways to enhance the appeal and the spectator experience and it is accepted that fans like the day/night matches.”

International cricket will return to Guyana for the first time in two years, to coincide with the country’s 50th anniversary of independence, for the opening fixtures.

After three matches in St Kitts, the last group games and the final will be held at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.

The announcement comes at a time when South Africa have raised concerns about Australia’s proposal to play a Test match on their tour this summer under lights.

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