Dharamsala, Oct 17: The West Indies team today withdrew from the tour of India midway through the ODI series after a pay dispute with its board. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has confirmed this sudden development.
BCCI said it was "shocked" and "extremely disappointed" at the decision. "BCCI shocked and surprised at WICB's decision to cancel the ongoing tour of India. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has informed the BCCI of its decision to cancel the rest of its ongoing tour to India because of a dispute with its players, and has advised the BCCI that its players will return home immediately. The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB," said Patel.
"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," he added.
West Indies players, who are playing the fourth ODI against India in Dharamsala today, had threatened to pull out of the game but decided to play. The same had happened during the series opener in Kochi.
At the toss in Dharamsala, all the West Indies players stood behind the captain Dwayne Bravo, showing solidarity. Bravo won the toss and opted to field.
During the second ODI in Delhi, the players had continued to protest by wearing black armbands.
This is a five-match series with the fifth and final ODI in Kolkata on October 20. There is a one-off Twenty20 International and three-match Test rubber after this, which will now be called off.
BCCI is planning to invite Sri Lanka to play.