A collection of options regarding the West Indian pull out of the Indian series.
Sun, Oct 19, '14
A rock, a hard place and the WICB
by Tony Cozier
Through the clouds of confusion that enveloped the West Indies players' final decision to abandon their tour of India after the fourth ODI on Friday, a few relevant points are apparent.
First and foremost, as the WICB, the leadership of the WIPA and Dwayne Bravo and his aggrieved team in India carried on their angry, long-range war in cyberspace over the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding/Collective Bargaining Agreement (MoU/CBA), all three clearly failed to appreciate the damaging consequences such a drastic decision was bound to have on them all.
West Indies’ Test future in doubt as crisis hits international cricket
International cricket has been plunged into crisis by a row over pay between the West Indies players and their board that has led to the abrupt termination of their tour of India. There are now doubts over the West Indies team’s next series in South Africa, their participation in the World Cup early next year, and even their future in Test cricket – which would have a direct impact on England, who are due to play a three‑match series in the Caribbean next spring.
BCCI's damages bill to West Indies may touch $65m
The BCCI is likely to claim damages of at least Rs 400 crore (US$65 million approx) from the WICB for West Indies having pulled out of the tour to India. The BCCI's working committee will decide whether to go ahead with the claim at a meeting on October 21 in Hyderabad.
West Indies had agreed to play five ODIs, a Twenty20 and three Tests in India, but pulled out after the fourth ODI, in Dharamsala, due to the players being displeased over a revision to their payment structure. This meant that the BCCI lost out on revenue for 17 match-days. Though Sri Lanka agreed to fill in for West Indies and play five ODIs in India in November, the BCCI will still lose income for 12 match-days for the 2014-15 season. The BCCI is likely to claim those damages from the WICB.
BCCI considering cutting ties with WICB
The impasse between the West Indies players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) not only resulted in a curtailed tour of India, but has meant the Caribbean cricketers and administrators are likely to face the ire of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who will have to suffer the losses from a shortened tour.
“We have suffered huge losses due to the decision of the West Indies to pull out of the tour,” Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India on Saturday (October 18). “We are going to claim all the damages and pursue the matter with ICC. We have convened an emergent working committee meeting to discuss the issue as well as the visit, at short notice, by Sri Lanka.”