St. John’s: At a time when West Indies cricket is undergoing a beleaguered phase, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) gave its fans something to cheer about as it announced its decision to host a four-match Test series against India in 2016.
In a press release, WICB President Dave Cameron on Thursday confirmed the news following discussions with BCCI President Shashank Manohar.
The news also meant that the BCCI will revoke the suspension of bilateral series between the two teams.
This agreement is subject to the WICB and the Players Association giving a joint commitment to complete, at a later date, the tour which prematurely ended in October 2014.
“Cricket remained the centrepiece of our discussion and we are happy to be at this juncture,” added Cameron.
If all goes according to plan, Virat Kohli-led Indian team will visit the Caribbean island in July-August, 2016.
Although BCCI top brass remained unavailable for comment, it is learnt from sources that after Cameron took the initiative to speak to Manohar, the BCCI supremo assured them that resumption of cricketing ties will depend on their commitment especially after the West Indies players, led by then ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, pulled out of a series against India after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, last year.
The players had then cited the failure of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and WICB to resolve the disputes arising from the MoU and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed by the two parties in September 2014.
(With PTI inputs)