THE newly named Darren Sammy National Cricket Grounds will play host to India and the West Indies in the first Test scheduled from July 6 -10.
The last time the two teams played each other was in the 2013 – 2014 series in India where India won 2 – 0, while India last played in the West Indies in 2011 in a three match series which India won 1 – 0.
Interestingly the last time West Indies defeated India in a Test series at home was in 2002. The margin of victory 2 – 1. 1st Test: West Indies v India at Georgetown – Apr 11-15, 2002 – West Indies 501; India 395/7 (Match drawn), 2nd Test: West Indies v India at Port of Spain – Apr 19-23, India 339 and 218; West Indies 245 and 275 (India won by 37 runs), 3rd Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown – May 2-5, – India 102 and 296; West Indies 394 and 5/0 – (West Indies won by 10 wickets), 4th Test: West Indies v India at St John’s – May 10-14, India 513/9d; West Indies 629/9d (Match drawn), 5th Test: West Indies v India at Kingston – May 18-22, West Indies 422 and 197; India 212 and 252 (West Indies won by 155 runs).
Meanwhile, the Darren Sammy Grounds comes alive 11 days after the West Indies versus India Test match, that’s when the St. Lucia Zouks led by Sammy take on Guyana Warriors on July 21, Barbados Trident on July 22, Trinidad Red Steel on July 24 and St. Kitts Patriots on July 26 in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) .