The BCCI is unlikely to claim for the damages from the WICB right away, for West Indies pulling out of the tour to India from mid-way, but it could hit them with a cancelled series. The BCCI’s working committee, which will discuss over the effect of the series pullout in Hyderabad on Tuesday, is also unlikely to suspend West Indies players from the IPL.

The BCCI’s financial losses due to the cancellation of a major part of the scheduled series could gross upto Rs 400 crorer (US$65 million approx), but instead of claiming WICB for damages, the working committee could decide over the issue with the WICB a legal notice, asking it why it shouldn’t be penalised right away for the breaching the bilateral agreements signed between the two boards. Given that the WICB has been struggling already due to financially, the BCCI is unlikely to claim huge damages right now.

However, the BCCI’s committee is of the opinion as the the WICB’s breach is severe enough to sever ties with the board and amend the draft FTP accordingly. At the moment, India are set to tour the West Indies four times in the next eight years. But BCCI officials are all but sure that the team will not touring India in 2016 (four Tests), and possibly in 2017 (five ODIs and a T20).

The working committee might also approve the draft of a formal request to the ICC in a quick step to it and ensure that teams do not return home mid-way through a tour for reasons other than natural calamities and security issues.

    Cricket Statistician and Journalist. Love to churn out facts and stats. Member of the Society of Cricket Statisticians of India (SCSI).

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