India will play its first international match in the USA, when it takes on West Indies in the first of the two-match T20I series.
The two-match series is set to become an annual event in the USA as part of BCCI's efforts to reach out to new markets and audiences.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will return to lead the side at the Central Broward Regional Park, the only ICC certified ODI standard stadium facility in the USA. He will play five ODIs against New Zealand later this year after the T20I series. He led a second-string side to victories in the ODIs and T20Is against Zimbabwe in June.
Indian coach Anil Kumble was optimistic about a good performance in what will be his first assignment with Dhoni.
"This is the first time that I'll be working with MS, obviously we have played together over a long period of time and we had a chat yesterday and today as well," Kumble said.
"I'm really looking forward to working with him and the new set of boys like (Jasprit) Bumrah who's joined as well. I've worked with him in the IPL so it's nice to be a part of the India dressing room again," he added.
In the West Indies team, the focus will be on Carlos Brathwaite, who recently replaced Darren Sammy as the skipper. Sammy led the team to its second World Twenty20 triumph earlier this year.
Brathwaite, on the other hand, helped the team win a nerve-wracking final by smashing four sixes in the last over against England.
"I think a team like this will be pretty easy to lead, from the point of view that the dressing room is a fun place to be," said Brathwaite.
"I don't think it's a case where I have to negotiate too many egos."
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