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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Vin-
cent 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 rep-
resenting the players.
Bravo also indicated to Gonzales that all
the senior players have made themselves
available for the tour of South Africa starting
in December. The meeting will have two
items on the agenda. The first will be the
resolution of the impasse (centrally the con-
tractual terms and conditions of the players)
and secondly the non-discrimination and
non-victimisation of the players by the WICB.
The West Indies players aborted their tour
of India after talks broke down concerning
their payment structure. The players stood
to lose about 75 per cent of their revenue.
Gonzales will miss the meeting because of
a prior engagement today with the Monetary
Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency
Union (ECCU), of which he is currently chair-
man. Cameron assured Gonzales that there
has been no selection of any West Indies
team for the South African tour.
Bravo and his teammates are not taking
anything for granted and he showed Gonzales
a letter which he intends to forward to the
International Cricket Council (ICC), calling
for their intervention in the matter should
it not be solved amicably.
In his letter to all parties, Gonzales called
on them to put the interest of West Indies
at the core of their deliberations having due
regard to all the relevant considerations and
This meeting follows one that was held in
Jamaica last Sunday at the Pegasus Hotel
and included Cameron, Hinds and Thorne,
as well as players Andre Russell and Jason
Some of the players from T&T could not
make the meeting because of difficulties with
the flight. These players will be represented
by Bravo and Thorne.
St JOHNS -Former West Indies fast bowler
Sir Andy Roberts says he is not in ageement
with the decision by the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) to setup a task force to probe
the circumstances which gave rise to the
abandoned tour of India.
Roberts, a member of the world champion
West Indies teams of the 1970s, says the board
should first move to head-off threats made
by the Board of Control for Cricket in India
BCCI has threatened legal action to recover
an estimated US$65 million and announced
that it was also suspending all bilateral tours
to the Caribbean.
"I would not go the route of a task force
right now. I would get people down to India
to see if we can salvage anything," Roberts
told The Gleaner.
"For me, that is more important right now
than to set up a task force to find out what
transpired between WIPA, the players, and
The Indians were expected to play five series
against West Indies in the next eight years,
including four visits to the Caribbean.
The West Indies, in addition to the tour-
opening five-match ODI series, were slated
to play three Tests and a Twenty20 interna-
However the tour was called off amid play-
er s discontent over the terms and conditions
of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA),
signed recently between the WICB and West
Indies Players Association (WIPA).
Players have argued it results in a drastic
reduction in their earnings and have called
for a return to the old CBA.
"If India goes through with their threats of
cancelling or suspending tours for how much
years, our cricket is going to suffer tremen-
dously," Roberts said.
"It may take you another two or three
months before this task force sends in its
report. For me, it s a situation of let s see if
we can salvage something from the Indian
board before that."
Roberts has criticised the players decision
to end the tour but said he was awaiting full
details of the impasse before casting blame.
DUBAI---Salvaging West Indies next
scheduled tour---to South Africa---would
be the first priority at next week s board
meeting of the Internal Cricket Council
(ICC), top cricket official Wally Edwards
Edwards, the chair of the ICC s executive
committee, says he believes a new spirit
of good faith exist at the ICC to resolve
the current West Indies debacle.
West Indies cricketers aborted their tour
of India over a pay dispute with the West
Indies Players Association (WIPA) leaving
the Board of Cricket for Control in India
"I think there s a genuine desire at the
ICC next week to get things back on track,"
"In the past you d talk about these things
but you could never resolve anything in
previous administrations at the ICC because
there were factions all round the table and
it was very difficult to have good quality
debates then make a decision. But we have
now got a fully functioning board and it s
West Indies cricket has been placed on
a financial precipice after a BCCI announce-
ment that it intends to commence legal
action against West Indies and that it was
suspending bilateral arrangements.
But Edwards says he does not foresee
West Indies being bankrupted by the with-
drawal of Indian support via the television
revenue to be gained from India tours of
"I don t believe they will be lost, I can t
imagine that," Edwards said.
"They ve had disputes before, they ve
had ongoing rumblings there for quite a
while, and I feel confident they will get
ICC to put WI tour
to SA top of agenda
Roberts wants WICB to salvage ties with BCCI
WICB, players meet today
President Anthony Carmona greets some of the young men and women who took part in the Quadrangular Games at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, yesterday. The first day of action featured both the Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as the national security youth clubs.
The second day of competition will take place tomorrow with competition involving Police, Defence Force, Fire and Prison Services. Brigadier
General Anthony Phillips-Spencer keeps an eye on the excitement. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
LONDON---Former West Indies head
coach Ottis Gibson has been appointed
as a bowling coach for England on a tem-
Gibson will participate in a fast-bowling
performance camp in South Africa this
winter, his first involvement with the game
since his departure as head coach of West
Indies in August.
He will work alongside the lead fast-
bowling coach, Kevin Shine, while the sen-
ior team s bowling coach, David Saker, takes
a break before a relentless 2015.
England have stressed that Gibson s
appointment is only on a short-term basis
during the fast-bowling camp, which will
be attended by seven players of varying
They include established international
Liam Plunkett to the Surrey rookie Matthew
The camp will run from November 21
to December 10 in Potchefstroom signaling
Gibson s return to international cricket and
the England setup.
The 45-year-old Barbadian has earned
a reputation after taking West Indies to
the World Twenty20 title in 2012 and before
that in four years working with Peter
Moores and Andy Flower in the England
Gibson left as head coach of West Indies
two months ago amid some acrimony offi-
cially by mutual consent although he con-
tinues to insist that he was sacked by the
West Indies Cricket Board. (CMC)
Gibson returns to
England coaching job
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