West Indies’ pullout from their tour of India may cost the country’s board heavily with BCCI mulling to claim damages to the tune of approximately Rs. 400 crore from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
The BCCI is due to have a working committee meeting on October 21 to discuss the matter, where a final decision will be taken.
The West Indies announced their decision to withdraw, owing to a pay dispute between WICB and its players, before the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on Friday, which enraged the BCCI officials who then scheduled a five-match ODI series with Sri Lanka.
The visitors’ decision to return home midway saw the BCCI losing out on an ODI, a T20 international and three Tests, which adds up to a loss of 17 match days and the revenue it would have generated for the Indian board.
Sri Lanka’s acceptance to play a five-ODI series will reduce that damage by five days, but the BCCI intends to recover the loss of revenue for the remaining 12 days from WICB.
“We have referred the matter to our legal cell and asked them to let us know by 21st [October] about how we can pursue the issue legally,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. “They [WICB] entered into a bilateral agreement with us, and they abandoned the tour due to their internal issues, so we will have to seek compensation. But, depending on the legal advice, the working committee will decide the future course of action.”
The estimated revenue for each match day during WI’s tour of India was expected to be around Rs. 33 crore, and for 12 no-play days it multiplies up to Rs. 396 crore.