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21-Oct-2014 08:57:00 GMT
West Indies in India, 2014-15

BCCI Suspends Bilateral Tours to West Indies

Hyderabad: The BCCI is going ahead with legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over the abrupt withdrawal of the touring team during the recent ODI series, while deciding to suspend all bilateral series between India and West Indies.

The BCCI took the decision at its emergency working committee meeting in Hyderabad on Tuesday, where it was also announced that the venues for the five replacement ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held in Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.

The BCCI confirmed that the matches against Sri Lanka will run start from November 2.

A BCCI release stated: "BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour.

All Bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended. The Members appreciated the gesture of Sri Lankan Cricket Board for having accepted our request to play 5 ODIs starting from 2nd of November 2014, at such a short notice. This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July/August 2015."

The unprecedented withdrawal from India by the West Indies players with an ODI, Twenty20 international and three Tests still to play has reportedly left the BCCI with damages touching Rs 400 crore, forcing the board to claim those losses from the WICB.

The BCCI had over the weekend ended the confusion over the status of the India v West Indies tour by categorically stating that the series has been called off, despite the WICB claiming that it has not yet done so.

The West Indies' decision to withdraw forced the BCCI to scramble together a hurried replacement series, with Sri Lanka Cricket accepting the board's invitation to play five ODIs between November 2 and 15.

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