This weekend will be very exciting for the residents of Antigua, as the West Indie cricket team is slated to take on team England in a three-match One Day International (ODI) series. The first two matches of the series will take place in Antigua, and the third will be held in Barbados. It is a rematch of the two teams that competed in the World T20 final in 2016, and there is a lot on the line for the West Indies team in this matchup. The team currently sits ninth in the world rankings, and they need to be within the top eight to directly qualify for the 2019 World Cup which will be hosted in England. If the West Indies team loses this three-match series, they will be forced to compete in a qualification round for the tournament.
The West Indies emerged victorious in the T20 World Finals versus England last year, but the matches this weekend will be played in the 50-over cricket format, where the West Indies are not quite as proficient. It will be an exhilarating match as team England looks to avenge their loss in the 2016 T20 final, while the West Indies intend to secure their spot in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
Not only will there be West Indies supporters in the audience, team England is also expected to have a considerable showing of fans at this match. There are numerous members of the English “Barmy Army” in the Antiguan community who are enjoying their new Antiguan citizenship and lifestyle, and will come out in full to support their native country.