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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Marlon Samuels is the only player from the ill-fated tour of India whom the West Indies selectors are likely to pick for the upcoming tour to South Africa in December. The West Indies are due to play three Tests, five limited overs internationals and three T20 matches. Sources told the Guardian that the selectors have already contacted several players about the possibility of being part of the team, and only Samuels of the 15-member squad which abandoned the tour in India, has been contacted.