Revised India tour can disrupt CPL tournament

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By Azad Ali

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) domestic Twenty20 tournament will face some disruption due to a revised itinerary for the upcoming India tour.

India had been scheduled to tour the Caribbean in July and August for a full series of Tests, One-Day Internationals, and Twenty20s but Cricket West Indies President, Dave Cameron said the India Cricket Board had asked for the tournament to begin in August instead.

CPL announced last month it had reached an agreement with CWI for the tournament to be played from Aug. 21 and Sept. 27.

Cameron said the Indian tour will now clash with CPL and it is hoped that “our loyal fans will understand and appreciate and our players will also understand.”

“We can’t give up an India tour, you simply can’t give up a match in India. It’s way more than the money we can get from the CPL,” the CWI president said.

Cameron explained that the dates that were originally proposed would have seen them starting a few days after the World Cup — the finals of the World Cup.

He said India has asked to push that back on the basis that they will be in the finals and potentially win so that is really the biggest hurdle that CWI is having.

India is one of the favorites to win the showpiece in England, which runs from May 30 to July 14.

Cameron said the Supreme Court in India had ruled that India must have a 15-day hiatus between tournaments.

He said, however, CWI was hoping to minimize the disruption to CPL.

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