India Suspends 2016 Cricket Tour to West Indies

West Indies - India TourIndia has suspended the West Indies cricket tour that is scheduled for February and March 2016. At this time, it looks as if all cricket tours between India and the West Indies will be put on hold. In addition to this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has started legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The West Indies cricket team made the decision to leave India after their fourth one-day match because of a dispute that the Windies players had with their cricket board regarding pay issues. The tour still had games scheduled, including another One Day International match, a Twenty20 match, and three Tests.

The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Sanjay Patel, said: “All bilateral tours between BCCI and the WICB stand suspended.”

The statement from the BCCI further noted that legal proceedings would be entered into “due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour.” The cancellation of the tour will result in a large financial loss for the BCCI. While the BCCI plans the legal action in order to recoup some of the revenue that will be lost, it is unlikely that the West Indies will be able to come up with any large amount, since it has been struggling to find enough sponsorship for some time now.

Since the games that were to be played against the West Indies cricket team have been cancelled, Sri Lanka has agreed to play five One Day Internationals in November. The five matches will be played in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ranchi, Cuttack, and Ahmedabad. The BCCI has publicly thanked Sri Lanka for agreeing to play these matches on short notice. Even with these games added in to the schedule, the BCCI could lose over $50m in revenue because of the cancelled games.