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July 7, 2006
The proposed series of one-day matches between India and West Indies planned for North America is back on, although all the games are now likely to take place in Canada and not in the USA as originally intended.
It is reported from Canada that a deal was done between the Indian board (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) when their respective chairmen met during the ICC executive meeting at Lord's this week.
The series, which is likely to be played in Toronto in September, had been reportedly scrapped and the boards were said to be looking at alternative venues in the Far East. The sticking point was that the grounds in the USA had not received ICC clearance, but there are no such issues in Toronto which has already hosted one-day games.
There are other issues which could prove a stumbling block, not least that the West Indies players are said not to have been consulted about their participation in the series which they need to be as it falls outside the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The WICB, which is heavily in debt, will have to make separate financial arrangements with them.
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