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How the BCCI deals with
the West Indies board, and
indeed the entire issue of the
abandoned tour, will be dic-
tated to a large extent by the
pulls and pressures of its mar-
quee event, the IPL.
Some BCCI officials feel the
West Indies players should be
excluded from the IPL but oth-
ers, aware of the realpolitik of
Indian cricket, have sought to
downplay the issue, believing
the players should not pay the
price for something that was
"not entirely their fault".
The IPL governing council is
likely to discuss the issue at a
meeting in Hyderabad on Octo-
At the heart of the matter is
the pulling power of some West
Indies players---Chris Gayle,
Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard,
Sunil Narine and Dwayne
Smith---and the fact that they
play for some of the most pow-
erful and high-profile franchises.
All these players have become
synonymous with their respec-
tive franchises and are often the
face of advertising campaigns.
"There is no way we can dictate
to the franchises about whom
to pick, so officially we cannot
take any action against them,"
said a BCCI functionary, pre-
It is also believed that one of
the key reasons for BCCI s assis-
tance to the Caribbean players
over the last ten days was their
importance to the IPL set-up.
According to an official in the
Caribbean, the players had been
assured by the BCCI that their
IPL futures were secure.
It is understood the players
checked with BCCI about a
rumour that action would be
taken against West Indies play-
ers in the current team who
played the IPL; the players were
reportedly assured that this was
not true.The other complication,
for both the BCCI and its West
Indies counterpart, is the issue
of no-objection certificates,
which every overseas player
needs from his home board
before being allowed to play in
the IPL. If the WICB decides
to suspend or ban the players
who prematurely ended the
tour, it will affect the NOCs for
the next season. The Bangladesh
Cricket Board recently did that
with Shakib Al Hasan, who, as
things stand, will not be released
for the 2015 IPL. However, any
player can be a part of the IPL
as a free agent if he retires from
international cricket. That s how
Kevin Pietersen is expected to
play the next season.
This is where the WICB will
have to tread gently, for fear of
losing its players permanently.
It will in fact incur a double
loss, because the IPL pays 10%
of every player s contract fees
to his national board---so the
IPL contributes a substantial
amount to the WICB coffers.
In 2014, 11 West Indies players
were signed by various IPL fran-
chises. Three of them, Dwayne
Bravo, Sunil Narine and Kieron
Pollard were retained by their
respective franchises before the
Since the 2014 season, the
IPL authorities have decided to
switch the player contracts with
the franchises from three years
to a year. This would mean that
in case of an informal directive,
there will be no technical hassles
if the IPL teams are to release
all their West Indian cricketers.
However, it won t be so easy,
as pointed out by a franchise
official, considering the "brand
value" of many Caribbean
Many individuals in the
local cricket fraternity are sad
and disappointed that the West
Indies team took the decision
to end its tour of India after
the fourth One-Day Interna-
tional because of salary dis-
putes between the West Indies
Players Association (WIPA)
and the West Indies Cricket
The disagreement stemmed
from the recently signed Col-
lective Bargaining Agreement
and Memorandum of Under-
standing agreement between
WIPA and the WICB on Sep-
tember 18, 2014.
The West Indies One-Day
(ODI) team led by Dwayne
Bravo threatened to strike on
the eve of the first ODI (October
8) as the players were unhappy
with the new salary arrange-
ment put forward by WIPA
president Wavell Hinds.
Bravo, in a letter to Hinds on
October 3, said the he (Hinds)
inaccurately stated the players
got a 300 per cent increase in
match fees, when the truth is
the players are receiving 90 per
cent less than what previously
existed in the overall fees.
This was one of many con-
cerns the players had with the
In a phone interview with
the T&T Guardian yesterday,
former West Indies opener
Bryan Davis said it was a sad
day for West Indies and he did
not agree with the move by the
West Indies players. Davis said:
"I feel very sad, very disap-
pointed, my heart is suffering.
It is a lack of courtesy, integrity
to the hosts. I can t believe any-
body can be so unfair to the
game of cricket."
Davis believes West Indies
should have played the rest of
the tour and returned to the
Caribbean resolve the situation
with WIPA and the WICB, say-
ing it is unfair to the Board of
Control for Cricket in India
The former West Indian
player said the senior players
must be held accountable.
The West Indies were sched-
uled to stay in India until
November 19 to play one more
ODI, one T20 and three Test
matches. West Indies have
played the lower ranked teams
in world cricket recently, includ-
ing Bangladesh in the
Caribbean, and Davis said that
this tour would have been a
good measuring tape to see how
the team was progressing.
Nine cricket tours have been
abandoned in the past, but this
is the first time a tour was aban-
doned due to players actions.
In the past tours were aban-
doned because of war, political
upheaval or bad weather.
The last abandoned tour was
in 2010/2011 when the West
Indies tour of Sri Lanka was
stopped due to rainy weather.
T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB)
executive members Lalman
Kowlessar and Patrick Ram-
persad in separate interviews
both disagreed with the decision
by the players to abandon the
tour. Kowlessar stated: "It is
definitely embarrassing, it is an
unfortunate situation. The play-
ers should have thought of the
West Indies." Kowlessar added
that if there was more dialogue
between WIPA, WICB and the
players the situation could have
been prevented. "When we
(West Indies) lose games we are
hurt; this will bring more hurt."
Rampersad said: "I can t
agree with calling off the tour.
It should be sorted out between
WIPA and the players." The
Merry Boys Cricket Club pres-
ident added that the West
Indies was starting to progress
nicely but the team had now
taken a step back.
"West Indies are carded to
tour South Africa at the end of
the year, another top team, but
this set back may affect this
tour according to Rampersad.
"This will impact on this tour
(South Africa) as well."
WICB president Dave
Cameron has chosen not to step
in and talk to the players, mak-
ing it clear that the WICB will
only engage with WIPA.
BUENOS AIRES---An official at
Argentine soccer club Deportivo Roca,
which was involved in a chaotic brawl
in a match in which 12 players were
ejected and the match suspended, calls
the incident a "national disgrace."
Speaking yesterday with The
Associated Press, Guillermo Vallejos
says the brawl between his club and
fellow third-division team Cipolletti
"could have become a tragedy."
Video from Wednesday's match
showed players fighting with each
other, kicking and landing punches.
One player ran the length of the field
to go after spectators that had run
onto the field. Cipolletti player Nicolas
Alegria was carried off the field to a
waiting ambulance. Vallejos says
Alegria sustained a head injury and
was recovering Friday at home.
Referee Facundo Espinoza asked
that five players from each team be
punished with unspecified sanctions.
Violence is endemic at all levels of
the Argentine game with many
matches threatened by violence on
and off the pitch. (AP)
Official calls Argentine brawl 'national disgrace'
West Indies Players Association dispute
Local officials disagree
with players' decision
IPL stakes will influence decision on WI players
West Indies bats-
112 off 106 balls in a
59-run loss against
India in the fourth
and final ODI, yester-
"Look! You don t
get out. Don t you get
out till you pass 365!
You go out there and
you get it."
West Indies Cricket
hero SIR GARY
SOBERS recalls his
Brian Lara before the
latter broke his Test
record for the highest
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