Grim finances mean West Indies have no choice but to put England fans first

Grim finances mean West Indies have no choice but to put England fans first

In between avoiding Chris Gayle’s deluge of sixes, anyone in the Caribbean for England’s limited overs matches would have seen the names of Warwick Business School and Shawbrook Bank plastered on billboards on the boundary.

These signs serve as a small emblem of the curious nature of this series. Across all three-formats of the series, a significant majority of those in the crowds have supported England, notionally the away team. It is in keeping with the entire scheduling and organisation of these fixtures: a cricket tour seemingly arranged primarily on the basis of what away fans want.

Consider the simple details of this series. England played Test matches in Barbados, Antigua and St Lucia. Their one-day international and Twenty20 commitments are spread out between Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and St Kitts. That means that Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana – along with Barbados, three of the four biggest hotbeds of Caribbean cricket – have no matches at all.

The timings for all games have been ideal for UK viewers. The T20s start at 4pm local time – ordinarily an incongruous time to start a T20 during the working week. Yet, with an 8pm UK time start, it is perfect for those following in the UK.

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