West Indies Cut Short Tour Of India

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The West Indies will leave India following the fourth ODI in Dharamshala
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The West Indies will leave India after today's fourth One-Day International in Dharamshala, ending their tour due to an internal dispute.

Some of the West Indian players threatened strike action ahead of the first ODI.

After the game went ahead, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) stated they would be making every effort to ensure the tour would continue.

However, despite their side playing the second ODI, remaining Delhi as the third game was abandoned due to Cyclone HudHud, and turning out in Dharamshala, the players will now return home.

The full tour was due to comprise five ODIs, a Twenty20 International and three Tests.

The Indian board (BCCI) has expressed its shock and surprise at the decision, issuing a strongly-worded statement in response to the withdrawal.

"The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB," it read.

"The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved.

"The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and the WICB."

Sri Lanka will now tour India to play a five-match ODI series in November.

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