The BCCI in its annual general meeting on November 9 is set to deliberate whether to revoke the suspension imposed on bilateral tours with West Indies following their team’s pull-out midway through the India tour last October.
The BCCI had slapped punitive damages on the WICB amounting to $41.97 million, calling the abandonment of the India tour a “monumental disaster”. That notice was sent by former BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, who served under the previous BCCI administration which was led by N Srinivasan. Subsequently, the WICB had communicated to the BCCI its inability to pay the damages thereby raising serious doubts over India’s tour of the West Indies, scheduled for next summer.
But hope has emerged for West Indies following the October 17 meeting between WICB president Dave Cameron and chief executive Michael Muirhead with the BCCI top brass in Mumbai, which took place a day before the BCCI’s working committee meeting. The working committee on October 18 was briefed that the WICB, besides tendering several apologies, had conveyed to the BCCI its inability to compensate financially. Instead, the WICB expressed its desire to make up for it by touring India for a series in 2017. If the AGM accepts the proposal, it will mean India will play four Tests in the West Indies in July-August next year as per schedule.
Muirhead confirmed that he along with Cameron met the BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur along with a few other BCCI officials at the Indian board’s headquarters in Mumbai. Muirhead said he and Cameron came out of that meeting with the feeling that a resolution could be worked out.
“We are certainly on the road to resolution,” Muirhead told 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.”
Although Muirhead declined to divulge exact details, it is understood that West Indies are likely to tour India for limited-overs matches 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.