IND vs WI: India-West Indies 4th and 5th T20Is in Florida being relocated from US due to visa issues?

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The fourth and fifth T20I of India’s ongoing tour of the West Indies was originally scheduled to take place in Florida, US, but uncertainty is running high as the matches may be shifted from the US due to visa issues, according to reports.

Team India previously played in Florida twice, in 2016 and also in 2019.

However, the fate of the series’ fourth and fifth T20I in Florida is at stake as Cricket West Indies (CWI) plans to hold the matches in the Caribbean due to visa issues.

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According to a report in cricbuzz.com, members of both parties have not yet received their US visas, forcing the CWI to prepare an alternative plan.

Central Broward Park, Lauderhill, Florida in the US, was assigned to host the games on August 6 and 7, but according to the report, many members of the Indian and West Indian squadrons have not received their US travel documents.

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“It is not unlikely that the matches will take place in the Caribbean, but efforts are being made to resolve the visa issue,” a source in West Indies cricket told the website.

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“The initial information was that the players would be given the US travel documents in St Kitts where the teams arrived. However, there is a chance that the players will have to travel back to Trinidad for the visa documents and from there to the US if they obtain the all clear.”

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The CWI also confirmed the uncertainty about the Games in Florida.

“Options are being explored as we continue to pursue opportunities to receive the outstanding visas,” CWI President Ricky Skerritt told the website.

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India leads the five-game series 1-0 with the next two games set to be back-to-back on August 1 and 2 in St Kitts.

With inputs from PTI