Windies set to host India Tests during CPL


The West Indies are set to host India in a four-match Test series later this year, but the matches will clash with the Caribbean Premier League, according to WICB president Dave Cameron.

While the exact dates have not yet been confirmed, Cameron told Cricket Radio that the series was all but a done deal. This will be the sides' first Test series since the Windies abandoned their tour of India nearly two years ago.

Cameron said: "The official word is that the tour is on. 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."

As for the CPL, this will be a blow for the franchises as some of the big local names, like Darren Bravo and Jason Holder, will be in the Test side potentially.

But Cameron said the international calendar did not allow for any other window. He added: "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.

"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 also said that there was no bad blood between the boards, despite the BCCI at one stage wanting to sue the WICB for loss of revenue after the abandoned tour in 2014.

He added:  "You know, the truth is I am not sure where the talk of bad relations with the WICB and the BCCI have come from. 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."