Test Cricket Tours - West Indies to India 1965-66 cancelled
Tour of India
Would have been 13th West Indian Test tour
Would have been third Test-playing tour of India by West Indies.
West Indies’ 1965-66 tour of India never took
place.They had been invited in 1964
to make a three-month tour starting in
Indian Cricket Board of Control questions were being asked about West Indies' financial demands but, fatally, on 3 June
1965 the Indian government rejected the Indian Board’s plan to invite them.
The Finance Ministry gave a ruling that it was impossible to release $168,000
of foreign exchange. The Indian Board attempted to lower their costs by
reducing the three month programme to an eight-week tour beginning on 22
December 1965. But the West Indies Board rejected that idea and Ken Wishart, the
Board’s full-time Secretary, announced on Saturday 2 October that the tour
would not take place.
Indies then hoped to arrange a tour limited to Pakistan in 1965-66 but only two
days later on 4 October it, too, had to be postponed because of the
on 27 October a proposal that the Indian tour should take place in 1966-67
instead found agreement.These new
arrangements would not include visiting Pakistan
was making her second tour there in November 1966, followed by a visit from
an MCC under-25 team. West Indies did not eventually tour Pakistan until 1974-75.
age of team at time of proposed first Test match
December 1965) :
Test Appearances made before the proposed tour
Sobers 57, Kanhai 48, Hunte
41, Hall 38, Gibbs 31, Solomon 27, Butcher 25, CC Griffith 16, Nurse 14,
Hendriks 8, Davis 4, King 1, Rodriguez 4,White 2,Brancker 0,EHC Griffith 0.
On 3 October 1965 the West Indies cancelled
its proposed cricket tour of India
later in the year because of the unsettled conditions there
† not first-class
Other first-class matches
Cancelling the tour meant that the West Indian selectors could
delay making up their minds whether to select Charlie Griffith whose bowling
action had been condemned after the 1965 series against Australia by the
Australians Simpson and O’Neill as well as journalist Richie Benaud.