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BCCI snaps bi-lateral tours with West Indies

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suspended all bi-lateral tours with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for unilaterally pulling out of the India tour.

The BCCI Working Committee, at its meeting in Hyderabad, also unanimously decided to initiate legal proceedings against the WICB for the abrupt cancellation of the tour.

The WICB decision is believed to have caused a loss of $65 million to the BCCI.

The WICB had last week informed the BCCI that it would cut short its tour as its players had decided to withdraw their services for the remainder of the tour of India.

The visitors pulled out of the series even as another ODI, a solitary T20 and three Test matches were left to be played. The two teams had played four ODIs at the time of abandoning the series.

Rattled by the WICB decision, the BCCI turned to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board for help. The SLC agreed to send its team to India for a five-match ODI series from 2 November.

This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour of India next year, which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka during July/August 2015.

The venues for the five ODIs will be Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, and the detailed itinerary will be announced shortly.