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West Indies And India Ready To Rumble

Dave Cameron Hailed Resumption Of Bilateral Ties

According to a cmc.com report, West Indies Cricket Board president, Dave Cameron, has hailed the resumption of bilateral ties with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) as the region prepares to host India in a four-Test series starting in July.

The Tale Of Burnham, Lloyd, And WI Cricket CaptaincyBoth the BCCI and WICB were involved in a dispute two years ago after West Indies players decided to abandon the series on tour over pay issues with their board.

India then threatened to scrap their tour of West Indies in 2016 as well as contemplated legal actions against the WICB.

“It will be very difficult to play West Indies in bilateral series in future. They have to demonstrate the willingness that such situations never happen again,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters at the time.

“I would say that India’s next tour of West Indies is highly unlikely to go ahead in the current situation,” Patel also said.

However, in a recent announcement both boards have decided to bury the hatchet and resumed relations.

“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,” Cameron said in a statement.

“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.”

Last December, the WICB announced an agreement to play the four-Test series in the Caribbean, following discussions with BCCI president, Shashank Manohar.

The agreement was a crucial step in the thawing of relations between the two bodies and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur underscored the importance of the upcoming series as a new beginning.

“The BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with WICB. We recognize that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavors,” he said.

“This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronized this glorious game of cricket.”

Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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