England's Caribbean tour in the new year brought forward a week

England’s Caribbean tour brought forward a week after India arranged a series against the West Indies… meaning some of their ODI stars will now miss Big Bash games

  • England’s tour of the Caribbean will start a week earlier than initially scheduled 
  • The date changes come after India arranged a series against the West Indies
  • It could impact plans of England stars to play in Australia’s Big Bash League 

England’s tour of the Caribbean in the new year has been brought forward a week – after India arranged a home series versus West Indies from February 6.

Eoin Morgan’s team were carded to play the fifth and final match of a short Twenty20 tour – the dates for which were announced six months ago – just 24 hours earlier on February 5.

But England’s series will now begin on January 22, six days ahead of the original schedule, and conclude on January 30. Venues are yet to be confirmed.

Eoin Morgan’s England side will play their tour of the Caribbean a week earlier than planned

The itinerary switch will allow the Windies’ players a minimal acclimatisation period in the subcontinent but also impacts the plans of England’s white-ball specialists, some of whom are due to precede their international commitments with spells in Australia’s Big Bash League.

New Sydney Thunder signing Saqib Mahmood, Kent’s Vitality Blast-winning captain Sam Billings and Chris Jordan are among the English contingent expected to feature in the BBL – although if selected for England they will now miss a chunk of group stage games in addition to the knockout stages of the competition.

None of England’s Ashes squad will be involved in the T20s against West Indies, but will travel to the Caribbean the following month to prepare for March’s three-Test series there.

It could impact the plans of stars like Chris Jordan, who may now miss start of Big Bash League

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