West Indies coach Stuart Law admitted that there would have been less travel involved. @ AFP
West Indies coach Stuart Law admitted that there would have been less travel involved. @ AFP

Rest is a distant dream for the Indian cricket team. After the Asia Cup, India will host West Indies for two Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals that will begin on October 4 with the first Test at Rajkot.

West Indies, meanwhile, have already begun acclimatising to conditions they will receive in the sub-continent by setting base in Dubai since last week. The squad will now travel to India on September 26, which was not part of their plan.

According to a report in the Times of India, the initial plan was to travel to India at least a fortnight ago, but the BCCI denied any facilities to prepare for the tour. “We tried to get to India, but we were told that they weren’t any places available to us. It would have been nice to be in India. There would have been less travel,” West Indies coach Stuart Law was quoted as saying. “The ICC Global Academy said that they have cricket going on and thus offered us to come here. We are enjoying ourselves.”

The BCCI cited heavy domestic schedule which is why they denied West Indies training facilities. “We have so many teams this season. To accommodate them at a time when the domestic season is underway would always be difficult,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI.