New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced the resumption of bilateral cricket ties with the West Indies starting with a four-Test series in July-August.
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the West Indies Cricket Board have resolved outstanding issues arising out of the abandonment of the tour of West Indies team to India in 2014,” BCCI said in a statement.
With this understanding a proposed bilateral series as part of the Future Tours Programme will be resumed, with the Indian cricket team touring the West Indies in July-August for a Test series.
BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said the upcoming tour will add to the renewed bonhomie in the ties.
“BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours. This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket,” he said.
Dave Cameron, president of the West Indies Cricket Board said: “We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties. West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams.”
The last time India toured West Indies for a Test series was in 2011, where India won the two-Test series 1-0. In October 2014, when West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo led the players’ revolt over payment issues, the team had returned home mid-tour after the fourth ODI against India in Dharamsala.