Saturday, 30 April 2016

BCCI happy to resume bilateral ties with WICB: Anurag Thakur


"We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket," Thakur said.

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India has decided to resume bilateral ties with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India and the West Indies Cricket Board have resolved outstanding issues arising out of the abandonment of the tour of the West Indies team to India in 2014," the BCCI said in a statement, on Saturday (April 30).

With this decision, India will now go ahead with their tour of West Indies in July-August to play four Tests as part of the Future Tours Programme.

"BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours. This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket," he said.

West Indies players had pulled out of the series in India midway in 2014 owing to a payment dispute with their board. They left after the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series, which was to be followed by two Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) and three Tests. The BCCI immediately suspended all future tours with the WICB and imposed a fine of USD 41.97 million, which was later waived off.

The WICB president Dave Cameron thanked the BCCI for reviving the ties. "We are extremely delighted that concerns which arose due to the incomplete tour have been addressed and would like to thank BCCI for reviving our ties," he said.

"West Indies cricket appreciates the support of BCCI and the cricket loving fans of the islands keenly look forward to witness some exciting contests between the two teams."

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