Wally Edwards said that players and boards need to stand by the commitment to fulfill the Future Tours Programme © Getty Images
Wally Edwards said that players and boards need to stand by the commitment to fulfill the Future Tours Programme © Getty Images

Oct 19, 2014

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has said that the situation in West Indies cricket is deeply concerning as the side pulled out from the tour of India after completing the fourth One-Day International (ODI).

“The situation that has just unfolded, with the West Indian players abandoning the remainder of the Indian tour, is deeply concerning for a game that needs strong cooperation for its survival. We are a long way from what has taken place in India and have sought further details so we can understand more as a priority. Put simply, players and Boards must fulfil their commitments to the ICC Future Tours Program,” Edwards was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.

“Situations such as these have to be avoided at all costs because ultimately those that are affected most are the people that the game depends on so heavily – cricket lovers, key broadcasters and commercial partners. For the game’s sake this needs to be resolved as soon as possible,” he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was upset with the whole issue and has also threatened to sue West Indies Cricket Board for the losses they’ve incurred.

“What has happened is very disappointing and calls for serious action. We want to take adequate measures to ensure such a thing is not repeated,” secretary of BCCI Sanjay Patel said.

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