President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has confirmed that India will play four Test matches in the Caribbean later this year.
Dates have not been revealed but Cameron has announced that the Test series would be staged over July and August.
His announcement ends uncertainty surrounding the series ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended bilateral engagements after West Indies abandoned their tour of India in 2014.
“The official word is that the tour is on,” Cameron told Cricket Radio in Nagpur on Sunday.
“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.”
The tour is expected to clash with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) set to begin late June and conclude early August.
However he said the WICB was left with no choice but to agree to the dates despite the clash.
“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,” said Cameron.
“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.”
In January the WICB had shortlisted 15 names for retainer contracts including Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach.
“The [CPL] draft did not include the Test players simply because it was always anticipated it would clash with the Test series,” Cameron told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.
(Taken from CMC)