WIPA mulls legal action against WICB

Top West Indian players like Chris Gayle (in picture) have not been issued No Objection Certificates by WICB for competing in overseas domestic leagues Getty Images

Bridgetown (Barbados): Aug 28, 2011

The West Indies Cricket Board and the Players’ Association feud has reached the courtrooms now with WIPA filing a USD 20 million lawsuit against the WICB for not issuing No Objection Certificates to uncontracted players for competing in overseas domestic leagues.

The two bodies have been locked in a bitter feud for a long time over the issue of contracts and the lawsuit is the latest twist in their ongoing feud.

“The WICB has confirmed it has received documents relating to a USD 20m lawsuit filed against it by the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA),” ‘ESPNCricinfo’ reported.

“The claim, filed at the Trinidad & Tobago High Court, comes on the back of a bitter and protracted dispute between WIPA and WICB over player rights and pay. The two bodies are currently in the middle of negotiations to draft a new collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding to provide a path towards resolving the stand-off.”

The trio of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are much sought after in domestic Twenty20 leagues such as the IPL and the players last year refused central contracts, which requires players to be available for national duty.(PTI)