Players must give reasons for pullout, says Ganga

Fri, Oct 24, '14

 

West Indies Players Association

Former West Indies cricketer Daren Ganga called the West Indies’ pullout of the India series “very unfortunate” and called for a full investigation into the issues that brought about the abandonment of the tour.

Contacted yesterday by the Daily Express, Ganga said as a former West Indies opening batsman and West Indies Players Association executive member, any circumstance which involved players prematurely leaving a tour because of strike action is a huge deal.

“I am not in a position to apportion blame or point fingers at any side, but I think I would like to understand the rationale behind such a decision (the decision by the players to withdraw mid-tour),” Ganga said.

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Cricket-Worried sponsors pile pressure on West Indies

Thu, Oct 23, '14

 

Media Watch

(Reuters) - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reeling from the fallout from the team's withdrawal from the tour of India, is facing fresh pressure from its worried commercial and broadcast partners.

West Indies cricket was plunged into a major crisis after the tourists abandoned their series in India over a protracted payment dispute between the players and their board.

The Indian cricket board (BCCI), the most powerful body in the sport, responded by suspending all future tours with the Caribbean team and beginning legal action against the WICB -- moves that could have a devastating financial impact.

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Samuels: I did not support abandoning Indian tour

Thu, Oct 23, '14

 

Marlon Samuels

Speaking on PowerPlay on Power 106 FM, the Jamaican batsman said his focus was on playing cricket and as a result, he did not attend most of the meetings, which were organised by One-Day captain, Dwayne Bravo.

West Indies abandoned the tour after the fourth One-Day International (ODI) in Dharamsala.

The developments followed a protracted payment structure dispute between the players, the West Indies Cricket Board and West Indies Players' Association.

According to Samuels, he was ready to go to Eden Garden to play the fifth ODI.

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No time for India and West Indies to squabble

Thu, Oct 23, '14

by MARK NICHOLAS

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If I was a West Indian cricketer with an IPL contract who had just pulled out of the Indian tour, I would be nervous. In order to appear in the IPL, each player must be issued with a no-objection certificate by his own board of control. If the WICB is of a mind to teach its employees a lesson, it has it right there, in the palm of its hand. But it won't. It is one thing to mess with the BCCI's tour schedules, quite another to play loose with the IPL.

Frankly, the WICB took an almighty gamble allowing the players to tour India with contractual issues hanging over them. Perhaps the board had taken advantage of Wavell Hinds - a pussycat compared to his predecessor as head of the players association, Dinanath Ramnarine - in the recent negotiations and resulting MOU and figured the players needed its support more than vice versa. Big mistake. Huge. Though the players' international performances do not justify inflated sums, they are due an income that is requisite to their commitment. The deal struck by Hinds appeared to be soft.

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WICB batting on $ticky wicket

Thu, Oct 23, '14

by TONY COZIER

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AS the directors of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) met in an emergency session in Barbados on Tuesday “to conduct a thorough assessment of all the ramifications” of Friday’s unprecedented abandonment of the Indian tour, they faced the prospect that the organisation could go out of business should the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) press a claim for damages along with its suspension of future bilateral tours.
The directors entered their meeting on Tuesday hours after the BCCI confirmed its intention to defer future bilateral tours; the International Cricket Council (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP) lists India for five series against the West Indies in the next eight years, including four visits to the Caribbean.
Although it did not specifically mention earlier speculation that it would seek compensation from the WICB for financial losses, it stated that it would start legal proceedings.
It is estimated that the revenue shortfall from 17 blank playing days on the cancelled tour, mainly through television rights and ticket sales, is over US$60 million.
Doubts over the WICB’s survival had already been raised before the present crisis by the chartered accountants, KPMG, in the last financial statement for the year ending September 30, 2013.
KPMG warned that the net loss for the preceding year of US$5,821,413, along with shareholders’ deficiencies of US$5,693,323, “raise substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue as a going concern”.

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