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India to play four Tests in West Indies

India to play four Tests in West Indies
The Tests will be clashing with the CPL tournament.
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West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron has confirmed Indian team’s participation in a four-match Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this summer.

This will be the first time both the teams will engage in a bilateral series ever since 2014 during which West Indies abandoned their tour to India mid-way.

Cameron further added that the series will be scheduled to be played between June and August which will clash with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

"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."

However, the WICB president assured that the board members will ensure the venues for both the events will not be clashing with each other.

"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.

“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."

Cameron confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the players who were awarded with a central contract earlier this year will miss out on the CPL which might remove the spark from the T20 bonanza.

“The [CPL] draft did not include the Test players simply because it was always anticipated it would clash with the Test series. So the players are already aware of that."

Marlon Samuels, Jason Holder, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Kemar Roach are the players who have been awarded with a central contract.

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