Tour of West Indies 1988-89Captain: Dilip Vengsarkar
India's 27 th Test tour
Sixth Test-playing tour of West Indies by India
(March - May 1989)
It was India's first overseas tour for nearly three years.
Navjot Singh Sidhi was selected for the tour despite being accused of manslaughter following a traffic accident in Patiala.The driver of one of the vehicles, an elderly farmer, was allegedly beaten to death after his car ran into Sidhu's. Sidhu was allowed out of the country after leaving a 50 000 rupee bond. Some of the West Indian governments were reluctant to grant him an entry visa. As a result, he was forced to miss the opening match of the tour.All charges were later dropped.
Mohinder Amarnath was omitted from the tour party after refusing to pay a 1000-rupee fine for calling the selectors "a bunch of idiots".
Robin Singh, born in Trinidad, became an Indian citizen only two weeks before the tour.
At the end of the tour, Vengsarkar publicly criticised his team for lacking courage and a sense of purpose.Results were very poor: the Test series was lost 3-0 and the one-day series 5-0. Run-scoring was never sufficient but the batsmen had to face Malcolm Marshall at his best.
Contrary to the wishes of the Indian Board, the team played a short series of one-day exhibition matches in America, earning twice as much as their income from touring the West Indies.
The team was chosen after a conditioning camp (8-14 February) from which Mohinder Amarnath and Maninder Singh had been controversially omitted. It was reported that Sanjay Manjrekar was the last man to be chosen.
Tour Party Announced:14 February 1994.
Not selected:T A Sekhar, Roger Binny, Salil Ankola, Chandrakant Pandit, Woorkeri Raman, Maninder Singh, Carlton Saldanha (24 year-old Karnataka batsman).
Time between selection and departure from India
(14 February - 25 February)
The team left Bombay for London on 25 February 1989.They flew without Navjot Singh Sidhu who was granted interim bail by the Haryana and Punjab High Court but the order was challenged by the victim's nephew.
Arrived in Barbados on 26 February 1989 (not in Gleanor)
Raman - having just broken Modi’s record for the number of first-class runs in an Indian season - was brought in for Srikkanth, who returned home early after his left arm was broken by a ball from Ian Bishop.Kapil Dev was made vice-captain.
•Arshad Ayubtook 5-104 at Georgetown and 5-117 at Port of Spain.
•Sanjay Manjrekar scored 108 at Bridgetown, being ninth man out and helping the tail extend India’s innings
•Shastri scored a defiant 107, batting for 7½ hours, (after earlier taking 4-78) at Bridgetown
•Kapil Dev took 5-58 at Port of Spain and 6-84 at Kingston and topped the averages with 16 wickets.
•Navjot Sidhu hit 116 at Kingston, retiring halfway through his innings owing to a blow on the hand and cramp.
Other first-class matches
§ One-day internationals
ϯ Minor matches in America
Return to India
On 21 May 1989 the team flew from Kingston, Jamaica, to New York City, and then on to Canada. "The Indians flouted a Board directive and flew off for an unauthorised series of matches in North America for a reported £4750 per man - roughly double the fee for the entire unhappy Caribbean tour"