The 21st of this month will mark the start of a new era for the Men in Blue as Anil Kumble, the legendary leg-spinner will take his side to West Indies for his first test as the coach of the national side ahead of one of the busiest seasons for the national team in recent times.

And it is now revealed that the 16-man squad that was selected for the tour has left to the Caribbean in the early hours of Wednesday.

The team, led by Virat Kohli was accompanied by Anil Kumble, the new head coach and his support staff in Sanjay Bangar and Abhay Sharma as the batting and fielding coaches for the side.

The first test match of the tour is scheduled to be played on the 21st of July at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua followed by three other test matches.

The Sabina Park in Jamaica will host the second test from the 30th of July while the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will host the third game that will start on the 9th of August.

The final test match of the 4-match series will be played at the Queens Park Oval in Port of Spain and will be played from the 18th of August.

However, the team will also play two practice games before the start of the tournament.

Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts will host the first tour game as India will play the Cricket Board President’s XI in a two day game on the 9th and 10th followed by another three-day warm-up game at the same venue from the 14th of July.

Incidentally, it is the second tour to the Caribbean for the new Indian skipper who made his test debut in the very island.

India won the three-match test series back in 2011 winning the first encounter and drawing the other two.

This tour is set to resume the ties that were damaged after the WICB abandoned the tour to India in 2014. However, Shashank Manohar the head of the BCCI revealed that he board had waived off the $41.97 million damages imposed by the previous BCCI administration.

It was also revealed that the West Indies team will tour India next year to complete the series.

With a new coach and a strong lineup India will be favorites to win the series by West Indies are in great form and will provide the Men in Blue with ample competition in their backyard.


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