Teams to fly to Guyana for US visas on Wednesday; CWI hopeful

INDIA IN THE US?

Are US visas arriving on time?

Are US visas arriving on time? © AFP

There are about four days left for the first of the two Florida T20 Internationals between the West Indies and India and there is no indication the teams will be able to travel to the United States. As reported by Cricbuzz in the past two days, some members of both parties, including players, have not been granted US visas until now.

The Cricket West Indies (CWI), the host of the matches, has not given up hope, however, and the latest news from the Caribbean is that both sides will be flown to Georgetown in Guyana on Wednesday (Aug. 3), when the arrangements are made for them. have been completed. booked at the US embassy there. This is the latest attempt to save the Florida Games. The rest, a CWI official said, is out of their control.

“The US VISA admission appointments are booked for Wednesday in Guyana. All relevant applications, etc. have been made. Beyond that, we have no control. But we are optimistic,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt told Cricbuzz on Tuesday (Aug. 2). The two games in Miami, Florida, are on Saturday and Sunday (August 6 and 7), with the teams hoping to arrive there on Thursday. The flight time between Georgetown, Guyana and Miami is approximately five hours.

Meanwhile, a source from Miami told this website that plans to host the last two games in Florida are still ongoing, but that the CWI is simultaneously making alternative arrangements. The CWI chief declined to discuss his board’s second option, but the source said the most likely location will be Trinidad.

“Let’s leave it at that for now,” Skerritt said when he was urged to disclose alternative options. Commercial stakeholders of the series have been told the same – that there is no need to discuss alternatives at this stage as visas are expected to be approved.

“The CWI will not fly the Indian team to Guyana unless it is not certain that it gets the permission,” said the source, fully aware of the developments. The series is at 1-1 with the third T20I underway at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, at the time of going to press.

© Cricbuzz

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