West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo wrote a letter to WIPA President Wavell Hinds slamming their decision to keep the players in the dark about their deal with the WICB © Getty Images
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo wrote a letter to WIPA President Wavell Hinds slamming their decision to keep the players in the dark about their deal with the WICB © Getty Images

Oct 8, 2014

The first game of the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series between India and West Indies could end up facing an uneasy situation as the West Indian players threatened to strike over a row with their union.

The issue apparently began when the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) signed a deal that covered the player’s pay and conditions, about which the members of the West Indian squad practicing at Kochi, the venue of the first ODI, were kept in the the dark. Read the preview of the 1st ODI here

“We believe we are being hoodwinked and are being treated like little school boys, yet we are being asked to perform and play as professionals,” West-Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was quoted in a letter that he wrote to the WIPA President Wavell Hinds, which was later published on the Caribbean website Wired868.com.

Bravo expressed his anguish even further in the letter. “The players are of the view that as a matter of principle, we should not accept these conditions whereby we are being asked to play a series against India without any certainty of what are our obligations and what we will be playing for,” Bravo further wrote.

The West Indian board did not refute the possibility of a dispute among the players and showed sympathy to their concerns. “It has also come to the WICB’s attention that the some of the players could withdraw their services for the first ODI. The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic CBA/MOU.

“The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action. The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfills all its commitments and that cricket is played,” the WICB was quoted in a official statement on Tuesday.

The bone of contention in the issue, as pointed out by Bravo, was the fact that the players were asked to cope with a major loss, which the all-rounder maintained no player would agree to and would want the previous contractual terms to continue.

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