President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Shashank Manohar has said that his Board has waived the US$41.97 million claim imposed by the previous BCCI administration on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for abandoning the 2014 tour to India mid-way. He said that the West Indies will tour India in 2017 to complete the “unfinished” matches from the 2014 series.
Manohar revealed that the issue was “sorted out” when the West Indies Cricket Board agreed to tour India to play the pending games. He said that the decision was taken when the BCCI’s top officials spoke with the WICB late last year, before clearing India’s tour to the West Indies scheduled for this year. It is the first time that the BCCI has clarified its position on the matter.
Manohar said the schedule will be finalised by the end of May. He said that during the talks with the West Indies Cricket Board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India laid out no other conditions.
In October 2014, West Indies One Day International captain, Dwayne Bravo led the players’ boycott, and the team returned home after the fourth One Day International. The tour had comprised five ODIs, one Twenty/20I International, and three Test matches.
The then BCCI administration called the abandonment a “monumental disaster”, and slapped punitive damages on the WICB, and also suspended all bilateral tours between the two countries until the issue was resolved.