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MUMBAI---The West Indies Crick-
et Board s finances could take
another huge hit with the Indian
Cricket Board (BCCI) saying yes-
terday it was now reviewing its
2016 tour of the Caribbean.
Indian officials are fuming after
West Indies players abandoned the
one-day tour of India on Friday, fol-
lowing the fourth One-Day Inter-
national in Dharamsala, over a pay
dispute with their union, the West
Indies Players Association.
The players' move scuppered
Monday's final ODI carded for
Kolkata, the lone Twenty20 Inter-
national in Cuttack on Wednesday,
and the three-Test series that was
expected to bowl off October 30.
"It will be very difficult to play
West Indies in bilateral series in
future. They have to demonstrate
the willingness that such situations
never happen again," international
media quoted BCCI secretary Sanjay
Patel as saying.
"I would say that India's next tour
of West Indies is highly unlikely to
go ahead in the current situation."
The series started under a cloud
of uncertainty with West Indies play-
ers threatening to withdraw their
services ahead of the first ODI in
Kochi, over their contractual grouse
They argued the new terms of the
Collective Bargaining Agreement,
which WIPA signed recently with
the West Indies Cricket Board, would
result in a drastic reduction in their
A flurry of ill-tempered emails
between the players and WIPA led
to an escalation of tensions and when
a last-ditch appeal to the WICB by
the players failed, the squad informed
team management they would no
longer continue the tour.
Patel said regardless of the off-
field issues, West Indies had an obli-
gation to complete the tour.
"Whatever the dispute, they
should have honoured the bilateral
agreement," Patel said.
"We thank our friends Sri Lanka
who agreed to the tour on a short
notice but unfortunately we couldn't
fit in the tests as there was not
West Indies are expected to host
India in three Tests, five ODIs and
a T20 early in 2016, a tour that was
expected to be a financial windfall
for the WICB.
The BCCI is the world's richest
cricket board, with series involving
India often attracting high global
viewership. Millionaire businessman
N Srinivasan, a former BCCI pres-
ident, is now chairman of the Inter-
national Cricket Council.
Patel said the BCCI intended to
take steps to ensure it did not find
itself in a similar situation again,
with a team walking out on a bilateral
"We have suffered huge losses and
the ICC is our parent body and we
are going to ask them to ensure that
this never happens in the future,"
The WICB are also expected to
face legal action from the BCCI as
fall-out for the one-day squad failing
to complete the series. (CMC)
fast bowler Courtney
Walsh says he does not
support players strikes
as a first option and
would have preferred
negotiations to be fully
explored first in order to
find a solution to the
ongoing bitter impasse
between West Indies players
and their union, WIPA.
Walsh, a West Indies selector, was speaking on
Thursday before it was announced that the West
Indies one-day squad were abandoning their tour
of India over their pay and contracts dispute.
"I heard that there may be a strike and that the
team may be returning home. I don't have the
facts, but to me that would be another sad day
for West Indies cricket," Walsh said.
"I don't think you should have out dirty linen
in public. It could have been handled a lot better.
If efforts were made first and nothing happened,
then you sort of take other measures, but if the
first thing you want to do is strike, well, I don't
think it's right."
Upset by the failure to find a resolution to their
pay dispute, West Indies one-day squad announced
Friday they were quitting the tour with matches
still to be played.
The threat of strike had been hanging since the
opening one-dayer in Kochi when the players had
to be convinced by Indian officials to take the
The players are aggrieved by the new Collective
Bargaining Agreement signed between WIPA and
the West Indies Cricket Board, which they claim
results in a drastic reduction in their earnings.
Their pleas to return to the old CBA while a
new agreement could be negotiated, went unheed-
ed.Walsh, who was part of the West Indies team
16 years ago which refused to travel on to South
Africa from London in a dispute with the WICB
over tour fees, said the regional game was now
"past that stage".
"We've all had issues with the board, from Viv
Richards, Clive Lloyd and I was part of the team
that had to strike -- or didn't leave England for
various reasons," Walsh pointed out.
"But we have gone past that stage and you want
to give everything a try first. All of us want the
players to be happy but there is a right way and
a wrong way of going about it."
Walsh, a former West Indies captain, snared
519 wickets from 132 Tests. (CMC)
India 2016 tour of Caribbean under threat
not strikes, the way
to solve impasse
The T&T Cricket Board (T&TCB) has
expressed its disappointment at not being
afforded a promised meeting with Minister
of Sport Dr Rupert Griffith to urgently
address issues related to the withholding
of funds from the national sports organ-
isation by the Sport Company.
On Thursday, president of the T&TCB
Azim Bassarath, said he was pleased to learn
through a daily newspaper report that Min-
ister Griffith had agreed to meet soon with
T&T Football Association (T&TFA) officials
to discuss the future of the game.
But Bassarath again highlighted the dif-
ficulties the T&TCB has been experiencing
to get an audience with the minister to hold
discussions about an estimated $23 million
for cricket development the T&TCB has been
deprived off for the past four years without
"We wish to record our growing frustration
with the inability of the cricket board to gain
an audience with the minister. We believe
that he owes us an explanation why our stri-
dent calls and cries for justice have not been
answered," said Bassarath on Thursday.
He said that at least 188 clubs are affiliated
with the T&TCB and this means that a similar
number or more communities are involved
in their programmes to spread and develop
the sport nationally.
However he said for the past four years,
the authorities have been ignoring their finan-
cial obligations to the national sports organ-
isation despite Cabinet approving the funds
Bassarath added that the cricket organi-
sation was hopeful that Griffith would have
ascribed some level of importance to their
request for an urgent meeting after he was
appointed, especially since the sport ranks
as the biggest in terms of organisation and
participation in T&T.
Bassarath said over the past few years
cricket has brought great pride and joy to
T&T through the efforts of its star players
who have made a name for themselves on
the international circuit.
The T&TCB president said he was further
perplexed by the reluctance of the Ministry
of Sports to meet with the cricket officials
even after all documents and substantiating
paperwork were submitted to them for their
Cricket Board left waiting
to see Sport Minister
The Dalai Lama receives an autographed West Indies shirt from West indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, right, ahead of the fourth ODI
in Dharamsala, India, on Friday. PHOTO: ESPNCRICINFO
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