West Indies news March 29, 2016

West Indies set to host India for four Tests


Carlos Braithwaite, who made his Test debut in Australia, will be among those to miss out on the CPL if he plays the India Tests © Getty Images

India will travel to the Caribbean later this summer to play a four-Test series, Dave Cameron, the WICB president, has confirmed. The announcement puts an end to the uncertainty that has surrounded the series - listed on the ICC's Future Tours Programme - ever since the BCCI suspended bilateral engagements as a penalty for West Indies' abandoning of their tour to India mid-way in late 2014.

Although no dates have been fixed, Cameron said the Test series would be spread over July and August. What that means, however, is that the tour would clash with, and disrupt, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which is likely to begin in late June, and finish in the first week of August. "The official word is that the tour is on," Cameron told Cricket Radio in Nagpur on Sunday. "We are just awaiting confirmation of the venues now. And once we have done that, we will send out a release with the dates, the venues and everything."

Cameron said it was unfortunate that the players featuring in the Test series will miss out on the CPL. According to Cameron, there was no choice left for the WICB but to agree to the dates despite the clash. "Yes, it will [clash with the CPL]. The unfortunate thing is that the international calendar is packed. And the only window for this tour to come off is during that time. So, there will be a clash, but we are working with CPL to ensure there is no clash of venues so times of the matches won't be hampered."

In January the WICB had shortlisted 15 names for retainer contracts with the emphasis being on those players featuring in Tests. Some of the prominent names in that shortlist include Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach. Allrounder Carlos Braithwaite, who is not part of the contracted list but made his Test debut in Australia, the last bilateral long-format series West Indies played, will also miss out on the CPL along with the rest should he play India. "The [CPL] draft did not include the Test players simply because it was always anticipated it would clash with the Test series. So the players are already aware of that," Cameron told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.

So far, the CPL, which is into its fourth edition, has already organised the player draft, and even announced that six matches will be played in the USA, but it is yet to announce the dates. Unofficially, it is understood that the CPL will begin in the last week of June and run till the first week of August. According to the FTP, the India tour is scheduled to be played between the months of July and August.

Cameron also took the opportunity to insist that the relations between the BCCI and WICB were absolutely cordial, and that he failed to understand where the reports of perceived differences came from. "You know, the truth is I am not sure where the talk of bad relations with the WICB and the BCCI have come from," Cameron said. "We have always maintained good relations. Fortunately or unfortunately, the leadership of the BCCI has changed, and as you know, Mr Shashank Manohar is now the president, BCCI, and chairman of the ICC, and he has made some changes there as well, and we've been able to move forward in an efficient way."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Calvin Palmer Warbah on May 16, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    Good squad in terms of looking for the future. These set of players will get loads of exposure playing under Indian conditions, doesn't matter if they lose the series because at the end of the day it'll be an ideal platform for them to come into the ipl auctions just like their predecessors. They should play attacking t20 brand of cricket for the entire test series and mark my words they will come good during the auctions. Take this indian series as a stepping stone to ipl and WI cricket will produce more of the gayles the pollards the bravos the narines etc. in future. Once you get into the ipl it's best to stay focus there like the gayles therefore it'll create a vacuum for next generation of players. The cycle goes on..

  • John on April 1, 2016, 2:50 GMT

    Will Kohli get a bowl because Ashwin can't spin the ball?

  • Patrick on March 31, 2016, 20:45 GMT

    WI women and men in the finale, the U 19 just won the world cup and there are those calling for the removal of the WICB. When was the last time this happened?

  • Jonathan on March 31, 2016, 20:39 GMT

    @the_bowlers_holding all of the West Indies test players have already omitted themselves from the CPL. So India will be facing a full strength West Indies squad. Get your facts correct before embarking upon delusional theories.

  • Agnel on March 31, 2016, 12:51 GMT

    Chance for more WI players to revolt (withdraw) from tests and play CPL, provided the latter pays them more! Only hope is, if WICB pays more to the players for playing for their country than their states/clubs are offering. And it will be a good opportunity for India to send more youngsters and drop all the busy players of T20.

  • Supratik on March 31, 2016, 6:29 GMT

    This sums up pretty much everything wrong with Test cricket. Incompetent sides playing against each other in meaningless games with no context at all. And add to that in the monsoon season in the Caribbean. And then we wonder why Tests are dying??

  • Harish on March 30, 2016, 23:50 GMT

    Hope to see Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer alongside a few Test specialists like Vijay and Rahul. Rohit and Dhawan should be allowed to rest and giving their aching bodies (afterall they have 'strained'themselves so much in the WT20) a respite.

  • John on March 30, 2016, 18:19 GMT

    Come on the West Indies, make us proud!

  • Ali on March 30, 2016, 16:03 GMT

    ah, I see - so now India will get to final match of WT20 2016. Nice.

  • Adam on March 30, 2016, 15:25 GMT

    India face their worst nightmare tomorrow in broad daylight; a knock-out game against the big scary Windies. If WI win the T20 championship, the four tests should be moved to India, in the middle of the IPL season.

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