WICB hopeful of BCCI lifting suspension of bilateral tours

WICB feel they are on a road to solution.

WICB hopeful of BCCI lifting suspension of bilateral tours

Kingston: The West Indies Cricket Board is hopeful of the BCCI lifting the suspension of bilateral series after the Caribbeans pulled out midway through the India tour last October with the Indian Board likely to deliberate on it in its Annual General Body Meeting on November 9.

The BCCI had slapped punitive damages on WICB amounting to USD 41.97 million for the abandonment of the India tour, besides suspending any bilateral series between the two countries. But the WICB officials are now hopeful that a resolution could be worked out.

"We are certainly on the road to resolution," Muirhead was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.

"We had discussions on the resolution of the impasse that currently exists. It was very, very cordial. We discussed everything that would affect us at length. We were sure that a resolution would be forthcoming in the very near future. We are hoping that it will take root at the AGM," he added.

The report said that WICB president Dave Cameron and chief executive Michael Muirhead had a meeting with the BCCI top brass in Mumbai on October 17.

The BCCI Working Committee on October 18 was briefed that the WICB, besides tendering several apologies, had conveyed to their Indian counterpart its inability to compensate financially. The WICB, instead, has expressed its wish to make up for it by touring India for a series in 2017.

As per the current FTP, India are supposed to play five ODIs and a T20 in the West Indies in July-August 2017.

"It is really in the hands of the BCCI whether they either ratify what we had discussed or propose any changes they might want," Muirhead said.

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