Wellington: New Zealand and the West Indies will play two Twenty20 cricket internationals in Florida later this year at the start of New Zealand’s full tour of the Caribbean.

The matches will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Cricket Stadium at Lauderhill, about 50km (33 miles) from Miami on June 30 and July 1. The stadium is the only ICC-approved cricket venue in North America.

New Zealand then heads to the West Indies for two tests and five one-day internationals in July and August. Dates for the tour were released on Thursday by West Indies Cricket.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said ”we’re excited about the potential impact of this (T20) series on the development and growth of cricket in the USA.”

Schedule:

June 30, 1st T20, Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida

July 1, 2nd T20, Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida.

July 5, 1st ODI, Sabina Park, Kingston.

July 7, 2nd ODI, Sabina Park, Kingston.

July 11, 3rd ODI, Warner Park, St Kitts.

July 14, 4th ODI, Warner Park, St Kitts.

July 16, 5th ODI, Warner Park, St Kitts.

July 20-22, vs. West Indies Selection, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

July 25-29, 1st Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

August 2-6, 2nd Test match, Sabina Park, Kingston.

(Agencies)