India will play two Test matches at home, against the West Indies later this year, ahead of their tour to South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced after a lengthy meeting of the Working Committee concluded early on Sunday (September 1) evening. It was immediately unclear how this would affect India's tour of South Africa. The BCCI approved the itinerary for the tours of New Zealand (January/February 2014) and England (July-September 2014) but stayed silent on the South Africa tour. (India vs South Africa put on hold: report)
As the per the Future Tours and Programmes (FTP) of the International Cricket Council, which has been drawn up for the years from 2011 to 2020, India were scheduled to play 3 Tests, 7 ODIs and 2 T20Is in South Africa starting in mid-November. While Cricket South Africa announced this schedule last month, the BCCI said that the fixtures were not confirmed from their end. India's principal objection was the length of the tour, which included a sizeable gap between the second and third Tests, which would leave little time ahead of India's tour of New Zealand, which was set to take place straight after the South Africa tour.
West Indies were set to play Tests in Mumbai and Kolkata, with venues for the five ODIs to be announced in due course. This meant, of course, that Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test match was likely to be at home. Tendulkar, who has played 198 Test matches, has recovered from a hand surgery and was fit to play in the Champions League for the Mumbai Indians.