This will India's first tour to West Indies since 2011  © AFP
This will India’s first tour to West Indies since 2011 © AFP

India are set to tour West Indies for a four match test series later this summer. While no official date has been fixed yet, it is expected that the series will take place in the month of July and August. India last visited the Caribbean for Test’s in 2011, when they won a 3-match series 1-0. Since then, tours to Caribbean were suspended by BCCI, following an abandoned tour to India by West Indies in 2014.  The word around is that the tour may take place in the month of July and August, the same time when Caribbean Premier League(CPL) will be held. Both the teams are currently poised to face off each other in the second semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016. ALSO READ: ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle meets Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan

Speaking about the tour, West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron said, “The official word is that the tour is on. We are just awaiting confirmation of the venues now. And once we have done that, we will send out a release with the dates, the venues and everything,” reported ESPNcricinfo

With the tour dates clashing with CPL, many West Indian players will be missing the domestic event. Speaking on this issue, Cameron said, “Yes, it will [clash with the CPL]. The unfortunate thing is that the international calendar is packed. And the only window for this tour to come off is during that time. So, there will be a clash, but we are working with CPL to ensure there is no clash of venues so times of the matches won’t be hampered.” ALSO READ: T20 World Cup 2016: Indian Cricket team reaches Mumbai for semi-final clash against West Indies

The CPL is entering its 4th edition, with player drafts and venue in USA already confirmed.  Many players including Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin were not included in the CPL draft. When asked about this, he told ESPNcricinfo, “The [CPL] draft did not include the Test players simply because it was always anticipated it would clash with the Test series. So the players are already aware of that.”

He was also quizzed about the rumors regarding tension between BCCI and WCB, for which he replied, “You know, the truth is I am not sure where the talk of bad relations with the WICB and the BCCI have come from. We have always maintained good relations. Fortunately or unfortunately, the leadership of the BCCI has changed, and as you know, Mr Shashank Manohar is now the president, BCCI, and chairman of the ICC, and he has made some changes there as well, and we’ve been able to move forward in an efficient way.”