New Delhi - India's cricket board has
dropped a $42 million damages claim against the West Indies over an abandoned
tour in 2014 after the new World Twenty20 champions agreed to return next year,
a report said on Friday.
The huge damages claim lodged by the Board
of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had threatened to cripple its cash-strapped
West Indies counterpart which has long been at loggerheads with its own
But BCCI president Shashank Manohar told
Cricinfo the decision to waive the claim, filed by his predecessor
Narayanaswami Srinivasan's regime, had been made after the West Indies agreed
to fulfil their original commitments and the schedule for the tour should be
finalised next month.
"That is now sorted out because they
are going to come back and play here next year," said Manohar.
"They have to complete those
(unfinished) games. That was a claim raised by the board. (We) would be
satisfied by them coming and playing here."
The West Indies players flew home from
India in October 2014 when a long-running pay dispute came to a head in the
middle of the tour.
The two teams had been due to play five
ODIs, three Test matches and a T20 international, but the tourists refused to
play on after the first four ODIs with captain Dwayne Bravo leading a revolt by
Bravo was subsequently sacked as skipper
and has since been an outspoken critic of the West Indies board.
After captaining the West Indies to victory
in the final of the World Twenty20 in Kolkata earlier this month, Darren Sammy
took a swipe at the governing body over what he said was a lack of support for
The board slapped Sammy down but also
announced plans for talks with senior players, many of whom have not played
Test cricket since 2014, turning out instead in lucrative domestic T20