BCCI invite WI for a series at home
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are trying to squeeze in a series against West Indies before Dhoni and his men embark on a tour to South Africa at the end of the year. BCCI, in its working committee meeting, decided to invite West Indies for a series of two Tests and five one-dayers.
In a media release, the BCCI stated: "The BCCI Working Committee has approved a proposed home series against the West Indies in November 2013."
In case West Indies give the nod for the series, it will give Sachin Tendulkar a chance to complete the historic milestone of playing 200 Tests in front of home fans. Mumbai and Kolkata are the likely venues for the much-anticipated matches and the final decision will be taken by the BCCI's tours and fixtures committee.
"We have sent a proposal to the West Indies Cricket Board in this regard. We are hopeful of working out the modalities for the series," a top BCCI official said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Cricket Board did not have any discussions regarding the schedule of the South Africa series and there are reports emerging that the tour has been put on hold.
BCCI's media release stated that the board also approved India's series against New Zealand in Jan-Feb and the series against England in July-September 2014, but there was no mention of the series against South Africa.
"India's tour of New Zealand for two Tests and Five ODIs in Jan-Feb 2014 and tour of England for 5 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I in July-Sept 2014 was approved," the release stated.
The BCCI official said the working committee did not talk about the South Africa series, which India need to finalise after rejecting the itinerary proposed by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Reports suggest that N Srinivasan and the BCCI are unhappy with the CSA after it decided to appoint Haroon Lorgat as its chief executive despite the Indian Cricket Board having unofficially told them not to do so.