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Teams will depart for Guyana on Wednesday to apply for US visas; CWI hopes

There are roughly four days until the first of the two Florida T20 International matches between West Indies and India, and there is currently no sign that the sides will be able to travel to the United States. Some members of both sides, including players, have so far not been granted US visas, Cricbuzz has reported during the past two days.

The hosts of the matches, Cricket West Indies (CWI), haven’t given up hope, though, as the most recent news out of the Caribbean is that both teams will be transported to Georgetown, Guyana, on Wednesday (August 3), when appointments have been scheduled for them at the American Embassy there. The Florida games are being saved in a last-ditch effort with this. The rest, according to a CWI representative, is beyond their control.

“Guyana has scheduled the US VISA admission appointments for Wednesday. All necessary applications, etc., have been submitted. We have no control after that. However, we have optimism “Ricky Skerritt, president of CWI, stated to Cricbuzz on Tuesday (August 2). The teams aim to get there by Thursday for the two matches, which are on Saturday and Sunday (August 6 and 7) in Miami, Florida. Miami and Georgetown, Guyana, are connected by a five-hour flight.

The CWI is simultaneously considering other preparations, according to a source from Miami who told this publication that the plans to hold the last two games in Florida are still in place. The insider stated that Trinidad will most likely be the location, but the CWI president declined to divulge his board’s second choice.

When asked about other possibilities, Skerritt replied, “Let’s keep it at that for now. The similar message has been sent to the series’ commercial stakeholders: it is not necessary to discuss alternates at this time because it is anticipated that visa requests would be granted.

According to the insider, who is well-versed in the situation, “The CWI will not fly the Indian team to Guyana until it is not confident of gaining the permission.” As of the time of publication, the third T20I was being played at Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts, bringing the series’ score to 1-1.

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