West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) can finally have a sigh of relief after Board of Control for Cricket in India president,Shashank Manohar announced that the $41.97 million claim imposed by the previous BCCI office bearers on the WICB for abandoning the 2014 tour to India mid-way has been cleared. West Indies, he said, will tour India in 2017 to complete the “unfinished” matches from the 2014 series.
The 2014 tour comprising of five One-Day Internationals, one Twenty20 Internationals, and three Tests was abandoned mid-way when the then West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo led the infamous players’ boycott,after which the team returned home after the fourth ODI
against India in Dharamsala. The incident infuriated the BCCI administration as they slapped punitive damages on the WICB, and also suspended all bilateral tours between the two parties till the issue was resolved.
Shashank Manohar said that West Indies would tour India in 2017 to complete the matches from that tour and the schedule will be finalised by the end of May.
“That is now sorted out because they are going to come back and play here next year,” Manohar told ESPNcricinfo. “They have to complete those games. That was a claim raised by the board. [We] would be satisfied by them coming and playing here.”
Echoing the sentiments of his Indian counterpart, WICB president Dave Cameron said: “We stand by whatever Mr. Manohar says.”
BCCI has already decided to revoke the suspension imposed on bilateral tours with the West Indies when it cleared India’s tour of the Caribbean in mid-2016 in December last year. WICB President Dave Cameron confirmed the news through a media release that the BCCI President Shashank Manohar had confirmed India would tour the Caribbean in 2016.