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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, November 1, 2014
As the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB) met with some of the senior play-
ers who aborted the cricket tour of India,
they were slapped with a bill of
US$41.97m representing damages and
also suspending all bi-lateral cricket rela-
tions with the WICB.
Secretary of the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI), Sanjay Patel sent
the letter addressed to president of the
WICB, Dave Cameron yesterday. The West
Indies cricket team pulled out of the tour
of India after the fourth ODI in Dharamsha-
la on October 17. They did not participate
in the fifth ODI and a lone T20, as well
as the three Test matches.
Patel wrote Cameron explaining to him
that: "The consequences on the BCCI of
not delivering a scheduled home tour to
its members, sponsors, broadcasters and
the fans are multifold and crippling. The
BCCI is faced with huge revenue losses, a
loss of reputation and is at risk of losing
valuable commercial partners. The conse-
quences of cancellation of a committed
home Tour during the biggest festival season
Diwali in India is monumental disaster for
the BCCI. It is during this season that our
partners derive the most value from their
"Our broadcaster had committed to its
advertisers during this season and on
account of your actions, is facing a severe
crisis the effects of which are felt by the
BCCI. The BCCI holds the WICB respon-
sible and liable for all such consequences
and intends to enforce its rights to see
compensation from the WICB to the fullest
extent permissible in law."
The Indians are claiming damages for
Media Rights fee for Star India, Title Spon-
sorship - Micromax, Team Sponsorship -
Star India, Kit Sponsorship - Nike, Ticket
revenue, Instadia sponsorship and Pour-
ing/Concessionaire. The total amount
comes in at US$41.97m. The BCCI also
outlined in the letter that the above was
not the final cost. "Please note that the
above quantification is tentative and con-
stitute an approximation of the losses that
BCCI is able to quantify at this time. The
BCCI is in the process of assessing its other
heads of losses including without limitation
towards expenses incurred against organ-
isation of the remaining five matches of
the WICB Tour. Once quantified, the same
will be intimated to the WICB."
The BCCI has given the WICB 15 days
to formally inform them in writing of the
steps it intends to take to compensate the
BCCI towards the losses quantified above
as well as those losses yet to be quantified
by the BCCI in relation to the cancelled
Patel also mentioned in the letter that
the WICB wanted to pull out of the tour
from the first one day international in
Kochi. "One the eve of the first ODI in
Kochi on October 8, 2014, you intimated
the BCCI that, on account of some disputes
between you and your players, the WICB
was considering pulling out of the Tour.
On account of the timely intervention of
the Hon. Secretary of the BCCI, who spoke
to your players, a crisis was averted.
"However, the threat of cancellation of
the tour continued to be raised prior to
each of the next three ODIs where again
due to intervention of high-ranking BCCI
officials, your team took the field and the
matches took place. Finally, after the fourth
ODI at Dharamshala on 17th October, 2014,
you pulled out your team and communi-
cated your decision to cancel the reminder
of the tour. The WICB is more than aware
of the consequences of the sport of cricket,
that each National Board is dependent on
its Home Tours to generate income."
with US$41.97m bill
The official letter secured by T&T Guardian
that was sent to the WICB by the BCCI
looking to recover damages due to the
Sarwan made his debut
for the T&T cricket
team, but it was left-
handed opener Evin
Lewis and Kerwyn
Sirju who stole the
show on the opening
day of the three-day
practice match at the
National Cricket Centre
in Balmain, Couva.
Batting first for the
(Jason) Mohammed XI,
Lewis scored 84 off 85
balls cracking 11 fours
and one six. After losing
opening batsman Jeremy Solozano for 23, Yannick
Ottley came to the middle and showed form hitting
77 to help take the Mohammed XI to 284 all out.
Daron Cruickshank pitched in with 30, while Ker-
wyn Sirju was the chief destroyer, taking 6/52 in
In reply, the (Rayad) Emrit XI closed on 35/1
with Mark Deyal on 24 not out and Vikash Mohan
on two. Rayad Emrit fell for nine, while Rickson
Prudhomme took the lone wicket.
Sarwan is the only non local player on the T&T
squad for the new look upcoming regional four-
day tournament. Today right-handed Sarwan will
look to get among the runs as the team continues
its preparations for the four-day tournament which
bowls off on November 14.
T&T will play Barbados in the opening round
at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain. The three-
day practice match continues today from 10 am.
T&T s senior women s team engaged in its first
training session at the Centro de Capacitación
(CECAP) in Mexico City, Mexico yesterday.
Head coach Randy Waldrum conducted a training
session which lasted for just over an hour as the team
settled in at the Fiesta Inn following its arrival on
Team manager Vernetta Flanders said the players
were in good spirits and focused on making full use
of the training camp there before departing for
Ecuador on November 5.
"The girls are in good spirits. The head coach had
his first session earlier today and it s been pretty
decent for us here so far. I think the players are all
focused on the task at hand. Some of them have
been to Mexico before for previous international
matches so it s just a matter of getting in the prepa-
rations before we head to Ecuador in a few days,"
Skipper Maylee Attin-Johnson said she was quite
pleased with the facilities.
"We have settled in really well. We are two hours
behind so we are still trying to adjust to the time
zone," she said.
"Training went well this morning. The altitude is
a bit challenging but with the right attitude our body
will get used to it leading into the Ecuador match."
The players also received their per diems for the
Concacaf Championship, which they placed fourth
at last Sunday, as well as for the Mexico training
camp and the first leg in Ecuador, prior to their
departure on Thursday evening. The funding was
provided by the Ministry of Sport. (See back page)
Talks to salvage West Indies cricket took
place late into the night last night at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad.
Embattled president of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron looked
a happy man greeting prime minister of St
Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves,
prior to what was expected to be a heated
Gonzalves was the man responsible for
bringing the parties together, as he had met
with ODI captain Dwayne Bravo during the
week in St Vincent. He then contacted
Cameron, who made himself available.
Gonzalves, who chaired a meeting of the
Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean
Currency Union (ECCU) yesterday in another
Island, was able to make the Hyatt meeting
and brought along with him the prime min-
ister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell.
West Indies Players Association (WIPA)
president Wavell Hinds was not at the Hyatt
at the time the meeting started, but was
expected to participate via teleconference.
Gonzalves and Mitchell arrived at around
4pm and met with Cameron, Bravo and Test
captain Denesh Ramdin and the players
lawyer Ralph Thorne of Barbados.
However, before settling into meeting with
the prime ministers and the players, Cameron
would have had to deal with the fact that
the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) sent him a letter yesterday, seeking
US$41.97M in damages.
Cameron had asked president of the T&T
Cricket Board (TTCB), Azim Bassarath to
join him at the meeting but he declined.
Bassarath told T&T Guardian: "After the
position my board TTCB took on the weekend
at our AGM, concerning the action of the
players, I did not think that it was a good
idea to attend this meeting."
At their AGM on Saturday at the National
Cricket Centre (NCC) in Couva, members
of the TTCB criticised the action of the play-
ers to abort the tour of India.
There were two items on the agenda for
the meeting last night.
The first was a resolution of the impasse
(centrally the contractual terms and conditions
of the players) and secondly the non-dis-
crimination and non-victimization of the
players by the WICB.
The T&T Guardian exclusively reported
during the week that the WICB s selectors
had contacted players for the South African
tour and only considered Marlon Samuels
from the ill-fated tour of India.
Samuels, who is not a member of WIPA
had publicly stated that he was not in support
of the team aborting the tour of India.
Last night Bravo was expected to inform
Cameron that all the senior players have
made themselves available for the tour of
South Africa starting in December. (VM)
debut for T&T
...Lewis, Sirju shine
WICB, players meet late into the night
President of the WICB, Dave Cameron, right,
greets Prime Minister of St Vincent and the
Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel, Trinidad, last night.
conduct first training
session in Mexico
At National Cricket
Mohammed XI 284
(Evin Lewis 84,
Yannick Ottley 77,
Daron Cruickshank 30,
Kerwyn Sirju 6/52,
Yannic Cariah 2/34,
Bryan Charles 2/30) vs
T&T Emrit XI 35/1
(Mark Deyal 24 not
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