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I have followed the current
impasse between the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB), the West
Indies Players Association
(Wipa), West Indies players and
the Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI) from ball one.
I was in the kitchen so to speak
close to the heat in Dharamshala,
India, when the decision was
made to call off the tour.
What has transpired over the
past few days has left me with the
view that this impasse did not
have to go down to this low level.
One has to understand that the
BCCI was aware of the problems
very early on and they did not shy
away from having their say in the
The first talk of a threat came
in the Southwestern City of Kochi
and the BCCI did speak to the
West Indies players.
They went ahead and played
the match and the BCCI was at
the point buying time, hoping that
the warring parties would come
At this point, the BCCI officials
were still talking favourably about
No one was getting angry
because any board could have
issues with their players.
Some years ago the BCCI had
their problems with their players
so they understood.
As time went on, the BCCI
waited for a positive response from
They waited on the WICB
because they did not enter into
any agreement with the players
Their partner in this bi-lateral
arrangement was the WICB and
they wanted to hear from only
While all this was going on, the
sponsors of the series were aware
that there could be a possible fall-
As time went on, the BCCI was
getting anxious, the WICB was
sticking to their guns, Wavell
Hinds the president of Wipa was
hiding behind press releases and
messages to team captain Dwayne
Bravo and the players were getting
Everyday that the players frus-
tration grew, the BCCI was start-
ing to get angry. BCCI officials
were starting to make emotional
Then someone from the WICB
decided to play macho and this
lent fuel to the fire.
All of a sudden all hell broke
loose, when this official informed
the BCCI that, talks (which never
occurred) broke down between
the players and they were willing
to send a second string team to
play the remainder of the series.
This did not go down too well
with the BCCI and they refused
saying that they would not accept
a second string team because
when they sold the series to their
business partners, they were sell-
ing the clash of two first teams,
It is alleged that the official of
the WICB told the BCCI officials
that they could go ahead and sue
the regional board if they want.
Obviously the BCCI would have
realised that at this point the
WICB did not have an interest in
having the tour completed with
their senior players.
This caused the rage and
although both boards have enjoyed
a wonderful relationship over the
past decades, it counted for noth-
ing, with this totally arrogant
Well the macho talk of: "Sue if
all yuh want," could now leave
men without their pants.
West Indies cricket has been
warded in the ICU department
when it comes to their finances
for quite some time.
With sponsorship not readily
coming because the team was not
doing well, the WICB adminis-
trators had their work cut out in
getting financial assistance.
Baldath Mahabir a director of
the board charged with the
responsibility of marketing was
doing a good job in creating
investor confidence and now this.
If the Indians go ahead with
this lawsuit then West Indies
cricket could die or at best remain
in a comatose situation for a very
long time to come.
Arrogant move by WICB official
SOFIA---Carla Suarez Navarro
advanced to the semifinals of the sea-
son-ending Tournament of Champi-
ons by beating Tsvetana Pironkova 7-
6 (2), 6-1 yesterday.
The fifth-seeded Spanish player was
under pressure knowing that only a
straight-set victory would secure her spot
in the semis.
Home favourite Pironkova tried hard but
failed to convert two set points at 6-5 in
the tiebreaker. Suarez Navarro took a quick
5-0 lead in the second set and allowed
Pironkova just one game before clinching
the set and her required victory.
This eight-player season-ending tour-
nament is for players who have won one
or more of the WTA International events
during the year but failed to qualify for the
WTA Finals, which was staged in Singapore
This six-year-old tournament will move
to Zhuhai, China, next year after a three-
year run in Sofia. (AP)
Suarez Navarro advances to semis
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