Durvasula Venkata Subba Rao, a lawyer, was a former Mayor of Visakhapatnam and was for two terms President of the Andhra Pradesh Cricket Association.
Ramakanth Desai, chairman, and the four other national selectors - Shivlal Yadav, Kishen Rungta, Sambaran Bannerjee and M Pandove - met on 19 Februaryat the Cricket Club of India in Bombay.
Skipper Tendulkar made a strong request for at least one name to be added to the touring party, but the request was turned down as the BCCI had permitted the West Indies to bring only 16 when they last toured India.
Tour Party Announced : 19 February 1997.
Time between selection and departure from India
(19 February - 24 February)
Departure from Bombay was late on Monday night 24 February 1997.Prior to departure, the Indian team was given a pep talk by BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur.
The Indians landed at Kingston late on Tuesday night 25 February and held a practice session at Sabina Park next afternoon in preparation for their first tour match against Jamaica.
Time spent in West Indies
(25 February - 4 May)
On-tour selection committee
Sachin Tendulkar,manager Subba Rao, and coach Madan Lal.
Srinath returned to India suffering from an impingement syndrome in his right shoulder. He withdrew after practice in the nets, without bowling a ball in a match.
N A David
Madan Lal tried to push the case for veteran Kanwaljit Singh. Instead Hyderabad's off-spinner Noel David was named as his replacement (‘Noel who?’, Tendulkar is believed to have asked’ - cricinfo)
•Kumble took 5 for 120 in the first innings of the Test series, and 5 for 104 in the next.
•Sidhu's 201 in the Second Test was the second slowestdouble century in Test history (11 hours).
•Tendulkar (92), Jadeja (96) and Dravid (92) all narrowly failed to score centuries in Test series.
•Abey Kuruvilla took 5 wickets for 68 on a pitch of unevan bounce at Bridgetown.
•On the same pitch India, set 120 to win, collapsed to their lowest total in the West Indies (81).
Other first-class matches
† Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to India
Prasad flew back to India after the final one-day international (for the birth of his first child).
On 4 May 1997 the team flew from Antigua to New York where they spent three days and officials met President of the Bermudan Board, Ed Bailey, to sort out visa arrangements.
The Indians arrived in Bermuda from New York on Wed 7 May. They brought fifteen players (but NS Sidhu was unable to play because of torn muscle injuries).
After playing two matches, the Indians departed for home on Sunday 11 May and would go straight into action in the Independence Cup.
They flew from Bermuda to London and returned home on a British Airways flight to Sahar International Airport, Mumbai, on Monday night 12 May 1997. They left the next morning for Bangalore to open the four nations tournament against New Zealand.