India will play at least two Tests against the West Indies in November the BCCI have announced.
The matches are likely to be played at Kolkata and Mumbai and will give Sachin Tendulkar the chance to reach the milestone of 200 Tests at home. He may then retire.
Also confirmed was an ODI series against the West Indies following the Test matches and tours to New Zealand and England in 2014. The team are set to play two Tests and five ODIs in New Zealand in January and February of next year, with a full series of five Tests, five ODIs and one T20 to take place between July and September in England.
The timing of the visit of the West Indies has raised eyebrows in some quarters, with a tour of South Africa having been all but confirmed for the end of November. However, relations between the BCCI and CSA have become strained in recent times following the appointment as CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat. Lorgat is believed to have repeatedly clashed with the BCCI during his time in charge of the ICC.
BCCI president N Srinivasan, however, told PTI that the tour of South Africa was still on. He said, “I’ve not said that the South Africa series will be scrapped. It’s definitely on. We have just proposed a West Indies series in November.”
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