WICB statement following emergency meeting of Board of Directors
Tue, Oct 21, '14
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.
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.
Calypso kings now all cash and bling, and a rabble
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.
WICB members must be mature and responsible — Heaven
But if president of the Jamaica Cricket Association Billy Heaven has his way, board members will be focusing on finding solutions to the crisis rather than bitter recriminations.
"Our task right now is to find a solution to this very embarrassing, distressing and untenable situation that has developed. At this time we have to put aside the whole notion of casting blame. We have to be mature and act in a very responsible manner," Heaven told the Observer late Sunday.
"All parties involved will have to find ways to move forward. This is about West Indies cricket. Whatever it takes, we have to do, we must do, to save West Indies cricket. Cricket must be the winner at the end," Heaven told the Observer by telephone.
‘Deep concern’ for Cricket Australia
Tue, Oct 21, '14
Cricket Australia says it is “deeply concerned” over the West Indies players’ decision to abandon the tour of India, especially with the Aussies scheduled to tour the Caribbean next year. Wally Edwards, Cricket Australia’s chairman, described the situation as “deeply concerning” and it was one that needed to be urgently addressed. West Indies one-day players quit the five-match tour of India following the fourth One-Day International in Dharamsala last Friday, after failing to reach an agreement with their union over a contracts and pay dispute. “The situation that has just unfolded, with the West Indian players abandoning the remainder of the Indian tour, is deeply concerning for a game that needs strong cooperation for its survival,” Edwards said. “We are a long way from what has taken place in India and have sought further details so we can understand more as a priority.” Upset West Indies players informed team management last Friday they would be abandoning the tour, with the final ODI remaining in Kolkata on Monday and a Twenty20 to be played in Cuttack next Wednesday.