Wavell Hinds, the president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), did not attend in person but contributed to the near six-hour dialogue by teleconference © Getty Images (File Photo)
Wavell Hinds, the president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), did not attend in person but contributed to the near six-hour dialogue by teleconference © Getty Images (File Photo)

Johannesburg: Nov 03, 2014

The officials of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are reportedly turning to Caribbean political leaders for support and guidance in the consequences of a 42 million dollars claim by Indian authorities following last month’s abandonment of the tour to India by the West Indies team.

A meeting was held on Friday, the same day on which the WICB received formal notification of the claim from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in Trinidad following which WICB president Dave Cameron confirmed the involvement of regional leaders in seeking a resolution to both the impasse between the players and their own players’ association, which resulted in the abandonment of the tour, and the impending legal battle with the BCCI.

Cameron said that this is a matter that they would enlist the support of Caricom (Caribbean Community) going, forward, Sport24 reported.

Cameroon added with specific reference to the players’ impasse that he thinks what they have done is they have a modality for the way forward, so he added that that to them is very important.

Cameron was among three WICB officials at the meeting in Port of Spain, which was also attended by Dwayne Bravo , captain of the ODI squad that left the tour following the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on October 17 and Test team captain Denesh Ramdin, who was also a member of the one-day team.

Wavell Hinds, the president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), did not attend in person but contributed to the near six-hour dialogue by teleconference.

As the dispute became public during the ODI segment of the India tour, Bravo called for the resignation of Hinds over the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the WICB and WIPA in September, which, according to the disgruntled players, slashes their overall earnings by 75 percent.

It is also expected that the task force would pursue dialogue with the BCCI in respect of the announcement by the Indian officials immediately following the abandonment of the tour that subsequent tours by India to the West Indies are to be suspended.

Should the BCCI hold to that position and not have their team visit the Caribbean in 2016 and 2017 as scheduled, it could result in a combined loss of revenue to the WICB in excess of 40 million dollars, the report added.

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