India to resume West Indies ties

New Delhi, April 30

India's cricket board on Saturday announced the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties with the West Indies, saying its team will travel to the Caribbean for a Test series later this year.

"The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the WICB (West Indies Cricket Board) have resolved outstanding issues arising out of the abandonment of the tour of the WI team to India in 2014," the BCCI said in a statement. "With this understanding, bilateral series as part of the Future Tours Programme will be resumed with the Indian cricket team touring the West Indies in July-August, 2016 for a four match test series," it added.

Earlier this month India's board dropped a $42 million damages claim against the West Indies over the abandoned 2014 tour after the team agreed to return to play in India next year. The huge damages claim lodged by the BCCI had threatened to cripple the cash-strapped WI, which has been at loggerheads with its own players. "BCCI is happy to resume their bilateral ties with the WICB," Anurag Thakur, BCCI's Honorary Secretary, said.