West Indies in India 2013-14 September 4, 2013

India-West Indies two-Test series confirmed

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies will travel to India in November for two Tests and three one-day internationals, the WICB said on Tuesday. The BCCI confirmed on Thursday that the tour would be between October 31 and November 27, including a three-day warm-up game*, and the dates and venues will be announced shortly. The second Test is set to be Sachin Tendulkar's 200th.

The Tests are expected to be played in Mumbai and Kolkata, with Tendulkar's hometown Mumbai hosting his 200th, an unprecedented number of Tests in a career - with 198, Tendulkar is already 30 matches ahead of the No. 2s, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh. Reportedly, though, Kolkata has requested it host the landmark Test.

The series means India's much-anticipated tour to South Africa will have to be trimmed. It was due to begin with a tour game on November 18, but if India are to fit in five matches against West Indies after the Australia ODIs that end on November 2, it is unlikely that the matches in South Africa could begin before November 30. That tour was originally scheduled to include two T20s, seven ODIs and three Tests, ending on January 19. Now, though, apart from beginning later, it will also have to finish earlier as the itinerary for India's tour of New Zealand begins with an ODI on January 19.

West Indies last toured India in November-December 2011. Back then, they lost a three-match Test series 2-0 - the drawn third match was the dramatic Mumbai Test that ended with the scores level - and five-match ODI series 4-1. The teams last met when India travelled to the Caribbean in June this year for an ODI tri-series also involving Sri Lanka, which India won.

Following the India tour, West Indies have a full tour of New Zealand scheduled. They will play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s in New Zealand, between December 3 and January 15.

*1230 GMT - Story updated with the BCCI's confirmation of the tour dates

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  • A-Gunnie on September 11, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Will Chris Gayle come out of his 3 months off retirement as mention after winning the CPL for this tour? The little master should really consider hanging it up on his 200th test of this tour.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    In SA India Should play 2 Test but Limited overs Matches Should be Trimmed to 3 ODI's and a T20 which is optional.

  • Tahir on September 10, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Saving tendulkar from faster men who penetrate harder to hit the middle, is not the right kind of tribute to a man who who some rate alongwith Bradman and Ponting. Also, it seems to be the continuation of same defensive strategy that saw the downfall of indian team from numero uno to wherever they are now. That time they deliberately avoided a very gettable target in the presence of Dhoni who is the king of chasing. They wanted to just make up the numbers towards ICC ranking and the result was a banging disaster of 8-0. Tendulkar's inclusion will only weaken the indian batting as india will need to play with winning combination they have nowadays however in shorter formats and tendulkar has not been prolific. The same is the reason why india want less tests against top quality teams.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    BCCI is just being stubborn and difficult. a simple person on the outside like me can easily see a potential fix . instead of having 3 almost pointless ODI Series , 2 of which will be 7 matches long - condense the 7 matches vs Australia in2 a trination series involving WI. each team plays the other twice and then a final. then have the 2 match Tendulkar test series @ Eden Park & Mumbai After that condense the 7 ODI series vs SA into 3/4 matches, instead of 2 2 day warm up matches have 1 4day warm up match bring that forward & move the 3rd Test so that it ends about 5 days or so b4 the Boxing Day Test Match. The New Years Test would then be the 3rd & final test with a week of so left b4 the start of the Nz tour on the 19th.

  • Chaitanya on September 7, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    I am not sure if the so called Sachin fans are his best friends or worst enemies! People, SRT has still not said that he will retire! He's also said he doesn't really care where he plays his 200th test. Why is everyone then hell bent on ensuring that his 200th test will be his last and Munmbai is where that should be. For all you know, Sachin wants to play another 50 tests!

  • Muthu on September 6, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    It is high time India have a fixed Home calender of 8-9 weeks starting 14 jan in Chennai for the Pongal test.we should play at least 6 Tests, 8 ODI and it should culminate in the IPL in the First week of april.

  • Priyavrat on September 6, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Why Ind is hosting 3 ODIs although w.i. Tour is about tendulkar,s 200 th landmark

  • Al on September 6, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Let Tendulkar play his last 2 tests against a weak West Indies and hang up his boots. We want Indian cricket to be freed from the shackles of this man. Merit, not seniority, should be the sole criteria for selection in Indian team.

  • sarpreet on September 6, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    It will be difficult time for all Indians when Sachin will walk for the last time on the cricket field. He has taken a loads of many Indians hopes on his strong shoulders for more than 20 years and he is one of the main reasons for BCCI being so rich. God bless you Sachin, you will always remain my idol.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    BCCI has proposed this series for the sake of its ever-growing revenues, this series will create a lot of hype because Sachin will play his 200th test and help pack the stadiums. Haters will still blame it on Sachin, he is not the one has requested the BCCI to organize this series. Why would he be afraid to tour SA when he has never feared any condition in past 24 years?