A US$42m lash

Fri, Oct 31, '14


West Indies Players Association

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will make good on its promise to take legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board if it does not receive US$41.97million in compensation within 15 days.
The Express obtained a copy of a letter sent yesterday to WICB president Dave Cameron, signed by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in which the Indian board gave notice of its intention to, “seek compensation from the WICB to the fullest extent permissible in law,” since it holds the regional body liable for losses incurred because of the cancellation of three Test matches and a solitary Twenty20 International.
West Indies players, led by ODI captain Dwayne Bravo abandoned the one-day series after the fourth match because of a dispute over the terms of a new bargaining agreement signed by the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the WICB. But even as the prime ministers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Gonsalves and Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell met with the estranged parties at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, the WICB was having to deal with a threat that became reality from the BCCI.

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WICB, players meet today

Fri, Oct 31, '14



In another attempt to solve the current impasse, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its limited overs captain Dwayne Bravo, together with their advisors, will meet today at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad.

The meeting is being facilitated by prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonzales. Bravo flew across to St Vincent to meet with Gonzales on Wednesday and it was agreed that the parties would meet at the Hyatt today.

It is unclear whether president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Wavell Hinds will be present since contact with him has proven to be difficult. Bravo did, however, send him a text message. Accompanying Bravo will be Ralph Thorne, the attorney representing the players.

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WICB lobbies regional players

Thu, Oct 30, '14


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In an attempt to gain the initiative in the standoff with its international players, WICB president Dave Cameron has sent a letter of reassurance to regional players, days before the domestic season starts.

Incidentally Cameron sent out the letter, which has been seen by ESPNcricinfo, the day before the WICB's board of directors met to discuss the crisis arising out of West Indies players' pullout from the India tour earlier this month over a payments-structure dispute.

It is clear that Cameron does not want the issue to impact the revamped first-class tournament, the Professional Cricket League (PCL), even as the international players, WICB and West Indies Players Association (WIPA) start a fresh round of negotiations to resolve the deadlock.

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Gonsalves proposes CARICOM intervention

Thu, Oct 30, '14


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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): St Vincent's prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, is advocating the assembling of a three-member CARICOM panel to help resolve the ongoing contract dispute between West Indies players, their union, WIPA, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

In a letter to WICB president Dave Cameron last week, Gonsalves said the current crisis was too serious a matter to be solved by the board alone and suggested the wider engagement of CARICOM.

Gonsalves proposed the panel be comprised of current CARICOM chairman, Antigua's prime minister, Gaston Browne; Grenada's prime minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, and former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson.

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West Indies Cricket: A Nuh Nutten

Wed, Oct 29, '14



Jamaica has more churches per square mile, than any other country in the world. Go figure. And so what if I don’t know my Bible line-by-verse? A nuh nutten.

But there’s a passage which speaks to a man walking by a monument one day, and the next, it was a rubble. This reminds much of West Indies cricket.

It seems just yesterday, West Indies ruled the cricketing world. Today, it’s the scourge of it.

The time is too long gone, and the matter too much above my pay-grade to say who’s right and who’s wrong. But if I may borrow from Tony Becca’s last Sunday column, no party seems to be telling the full truth. And so when all the self-satisfying snouts have finished their vacuuming, there will be blame still left in the trough.

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