India in West Indies 2016 June 2, 2016

India to tour West Indies for seven weeks starting July 6

ESPNcricinfo staff

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India to begin West Indies Tests with first match in Antigua

India will tour the West Indies for seven weeks, starting July 6, for four Tests and two practice matches. The Tests will be played in Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

The tour will start with a two-day practice match from July 9 in St Kitts followed by a three-day warm-up match from July 14 at the same venue. The first Test will begin on July 21, the second on July 30, the third on August 9 and the last one on August 18.

Despite the BCCI and WICB confirming the tour more than six months ago, the announcement of the itinerary was delayed owing to the series clashing with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which starts on June 30. The WICB was involved in talks with CPL officials to avoid any potential venue clash. The BCCI also sent its general manager MV Sridhar to do a recce of the venues in May.

Head of operations at the West Indies Cricket Board, Roland Holder, said all four venues were "ready to host the visiting Indian team." The last time India toured the West Indies was in June 2011 for a three-Test series, which India won 1-0.

Last December, the top brass of the two boards had met in India following which WICB president Dave Cameron had said the Indian board would honour the four-Test series, listed in the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The series was in doubt after the BCCI had suspended all bilateral ties immediately after West Indies had pulled out of the India tour mid-way in October 2014.

Last month, former BCCI president Shashank Manohar told ESPNcricinfo that the board had waived off the $41.97 million damages imposed by the previous BCCI administration on the WICB for abandoning the 2014 tour. Manohar had said the WICB had guaranteed West Indies would return to India in 2017 to complete the unfinished matches.

The Indian team is expected to depart for the Caribbean with a new coaching staff, applications for which were advertised by the BCCI on Wednesday. The deadline for receiving the applications is June 10. It will be followed by a screening process by the BCCI, which will then submit a list of names to the soon-to-be-formed cricket advisory committee comprising reputed former players.

That committee will then submit a shortlist to the BCCI, which will likely discuss this further, if not unveil the new coach, during its working committee meeting in Dharamsala on June 25. A new addition in the support staff will be a chef, who has been appointed by the BCCI to cater to the vegetarians in the squad.

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  • kempsh4550514 on June 27, 2016, 15:40 GMT

    will be an interesting series I don't think India will have any easy day wi will fight just like they did in the just completed tri-nation series

  • Mahendra Kumar on June 5, 2016, 14:33 GMT

    Those who says, S Dhawan is not performing, I don't agree as both the openers current statistics is identical, their average hovering around 41. And also it is stupid to play a part time wicket keeper. W Saha have been performing marvelous as a wicket keeper. Better India shall have in 11: 5 batsman, 1 wkt keeper, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers: So the team for first test is self selected: M Vijay, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Jadeja, W Saha, R Ashwin/S Binny, B Kumar, U Yadav and I Sharma.

  • Saurav on June 4, 2016, 18:34 GMT

    1.Vijay,2.Rahul,3.Pujara,4.Kohli,5.Rahane,6.Jadeja,7.Saha,8.Ashwin,9.Bhuvi,10.Thakur/Shami,11.Ishant....Jadeja batted nicely in last Test series against Mighty Steyn,Philander,Morkel,Rabada and Tahir.

  • Heramb on June 4, 2016, 16:27 GMT

    Have always loved India-WI cricket and looking forward to a 4 Test series after a surfeit of meaningless cricket called the IPL. An Indian team led by Kohli without Dhoni being around the Indian team is a welcome series in prospect.All the best Team India. When India failed to win the recent T20 WC at home, was delighted that it was the calypso kings from the Caribbean and not the Poms that won their 2nd world title in the shortest format.

  • Shayal on June 4, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    Nice to see some test matches after all the T20 fireworks. Testmatches are like calm breeze. All boards should increase test match pesentage. Here India's best chance comes to get a decent whitewash away from home is on the horrizone. Kohli can make it with some good planning and team combination. As Saha is not up to the mark as batsman he should replace by KL Rahul then 5 specialist bowlers should include. Dhawan is not international material, Its really ridiculous BCCI still sticking with him after all his failures as opener in all formats. India's current best spinners, Aswin and Mishra should feature this team then Bhuvi shami and Ishanth. In IPL Bhuvi produced many good variations. WI piches will be slower ones than Indian Pitches there his variations will have impact. Final line up should be this way : 1.Vijay, 2.Rahul, 3.Pujara, 4.Kohli, 5.Rahane, 6.Rohit, 7.Ashwin, 8.Mishra, 9.Bhuvi, 10.Ishanth, 11.Shami

  • Mahendra Kumar on June 4, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    My prediction for playing 11, and shall be the initial TEST set up: M Vijay, S Dhawan, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Jadeja, W Saha, R Ashwin/ S Binny, B Kumar/ S N Thakur/ Md Shami, U Yadav and I Sharma

  •   Cricinfouser on June 4, 2016, 8:22 GMT

    m vijay and pujara can open the innings

  •   Cricinfouser on June 4, 2016, 8:22 GMT

    4 test matches will getting long enough IMO. better they could have gone for 3 tests and 2 odi series

  • kuldeep on June 4, 2016, 5:29 GMT

    Indopaksupporter I want to tell you that our captain did give bowling mishra after ashwin bowl 10-15 overs and take lot of wickets.i see these test.i think you didn't see these tests.and as in case average tells truth about batsman same as well for bowler .mishra's ave. Is much better than so called great spinner called jadeja is moderate player not needed for team.mishra batting is superb than saha,ashwin,jaddu,nohit,dhavan. In Sl he must have beeb man of series he made around 200 runs same as nohit.jaddu ave. Vs SA test is 21 is "so called best" na,despite of playing all tests also jaddu plays in last test which is good for batting as rahane hits two centuries. Mishrs play only two ans not in batting Paradise last test.also mishra take thier best player so many time (3 times approx.which ashwin cant do. In sl ashwin gets bowling 1st so he take no. 3 player sanga-the best player aftet vs sa abd is 5 no. Player mishra can take him despite aswin bowled first.

  • Saurav on June 4, 2016, 4:26 GMT

    With improved batting last Test series against SA, Jadeja should not be seen and compared as a spinner only but a player who bats better than Saha Wridhiman,a fielder who performs exceptionally in field

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