The BCCI decided to act tough on the West Indies Cricket Board, taking a decision in their emergency working committee meeting to take legal action against the WICB while also suspending all future bilateral tours between India and the West Indies.
The firm decision comes on the back of the West Indies' withdrawal from the tour of India after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala. West Indies were slated to play five ODIs, a lone T20I and three Test matches, but the players decided to fly back home in a bid to settle a pay dispute.
West Indies players are unhappy with the new memorandum of understanding/collective bargaining agreement signed by the West Indies Players' Association and the WICB, and this led to the dramatic decision to leave the series early.
The BCCI did not take kindly to the decision and said they would consider legal action, which they are now ready to go ahead with, landing a rather heavy blow to West Indies cricket. The estimated loss for the BCCI due to the early withdrawal of West Indies has been pegged at around Rs 400 crore.
"BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour," said the Indian cricket board in a statement. "All Bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended."
The BCCI also thanked Sri Lanka for agreeing to tour India for five ODIs as a replacement for the West Indies, while also confirming that India would reciprocate by touring Sri Lanka next year.
"The members appreciated the gesture of Sri Lankan Cricket Board for having accepted our request to play 5 ODIs starting from 2nd of November 2014, at such a short notice," the statement added.
"This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July-August 2015."