ICC Admits it is Powerless in India-West Indies Dispute

Wed, Oct 22, '14

 

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Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday,  admitted it “does not have the power to intervene” in the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

The future of the West Indies national side is uncertain following the squad’s sudden abandonment of their three-format tour of India.

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WICB fired me, says former coach Gibson

Wed, Oct 22, '14

 

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Former West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, who parted company with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) under controversial circumstances in August, says the board fired him.

Gibson, speaking for the first time since the sudden development, dismissed the WICB statement that they mutually agreed to end their association.

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WICB statement following emergency meeting of Board of Directors

Tue, Oct 21, '14

 

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Bridgetown, Barbados – The West Indies Cricket Board regrets, and is deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India. The WICB once again expresses to the BCCI and all stakeholders - especially the cricket loving public of the West Indies and India - sorrow for the events leading up to this development.

 

The Board of Directors of the WICB, today met to formally embark on the process of a careful and systematic review of relevant events and have, initially, decided as follows:

1.     to establish a Task Force, comprising critical stakeholders, to review the premature end of the tour to India. The Task Force will meet with all parties, including WIPA and the players, before reporting its findings to the Board of Directors.

2.     to request a meeting with the BCCI.

3.     to schedule an urgent debriefing with the West Indies Team Management Unit.

4.     to assure Cricket South Africa that it will use its best endeavours to ensure a successful tour of South Africa as scheduled.  

The WICB is mindful of the related decisions of the BCCI Working Committee.

In light of the longstanding good relationship between WICB and BCCI, which goes back decades and has produced numerous mutual benefits, the WICB looks forward to meeting with the BCCI to discuss these decisions which can have serious implications for West Indies cricket.

WICB believes that a way can be found to repair the damage that has been caused and to ensure that similar events do not recur, with the focus being on the betterment of West Indies and world cricket.

The WICB thanks all stakeholders, particularly the ICC, BCCI, their broadcasters and sponsors for their patience and understanding in this matter and looks forward to the continuation of a strong relationship between our Boards.

The WICB is committed to acting as expeditiously as the situation allows, and will provide further information to the public as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

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Low-scoring 2nd "Test" ends in draw

Tue, Oct 21, '14

 

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Matara, Sri Lanka - The West Indies A bowlers forced another Sri Lanka A collapse on the fourth and final day of the 2nd "Test" but a result wasn't possible for either team as the match ended in a draw.

Sri Lanka A started the final day in an uncertain position on 63/4, having a first innings lead of 15 runs. However, on another rain-hit day in which only 25 overs were possible, the West Indies A bowlers almost dismissed the hosts in their second innings.

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Calypso kings now all cash and bling, and a rabble

Tue, Oct 21, '14

 

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The West Indies' abandonment of their tour of India is the sort of mess that only they could contrive. As players and officials turned acrimoniously on each other and on themselves this week, and the full consequences became apparent – including the possibility of the West Indies' absence at next year's World Cup – it was poignant that it fell to Clive Lloyd to make the apology.

The miracle of the West Indies is that it does not exist, except as a cricket team. It is not a country, but a region, widespread, diverse and economically straitened, united only by a seductive beachy image. To cohere and grow at cricket to a point where it dominated the game for 20 years, it needed strong, charismatic leaders who reconciled factions and cultivated loyalty and respect. Sir Frank Worrell was one, Lloyd another, and in his own taciturn way, so was Viv Richards.

Together, they made the West Indies not just powerful, but attractive to watch and popular.  Worrell's team, though narrowly beaten in Australia in 1961, was given a ticker tape parade in Melbourne as it left. Lloyd chose the SCG for his last Test, and upon departing was accorded an ovation that did not die until he was inside the pavilion. Richards made happy masochists of us all.

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