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Thorne has accused the West Indies
Cricket Board of breaking its prom-
ise to issue a statement making it
clear that the players involved in
the controversial abandoned India
tour, would not have been vic-
Thorne, a high profile Queen s
Counsel who represented most of
the players during the recent impasse
with the WICB and players union,
Wipa, said the board had given its
word following a meeting between
the parties in November in Trinidad
but had failed to follow through.
With no assurance coming from
the board, Thorne said this paved
the way for players to be targeted.
This, he argued, was reflected in the
selection of the 15-man squad for
the one-day tour of South Africa
next month with Dwayne Bravo axed
as captain and dropped from the
squad, and Kieron Pollard and Darren
Sammy also overlooked.
Fast bowler Jason Holder, who has
replaced Bravo as skipper, was also
on the tour of India but Thorne said
while he had been spared, the senior
trio had not been as fortunate.
"While Jason himself has not been
victimised, the three gentlemen have
been victimised. We left the Hyatt
Hotel (in Trinidad) with the WICB
promising not to victimise. We left
the Hyatt Hotel with the WICB
promising to issue a statement saying
that they would not victimise the
players. To this day, they have refused
to issue that statement," Thorne
charged in an interview with CBC
Sports Radio here.
"Now that refusal speaks volumes.
Is it to say that they did not wish
to say publicly something they
intended to do in any event? This
is cynical and an insidious form of
victimisation visited on these three
However, investigations by CMC
Sports revealed that the problem
with the release of a statement on
the issue stemmed from the inability
of the parties to agree on the appro-
priate language to be used.
A WICB official, who requested
anonymity, told CMC Sports this
lack of agreement had frustrated the
"The WICB had every intention
of issuing a joint statement with
both the players represented at the
meeting [in Trinidad] and Wipa but
regrettably an agreement on suitable
language could not be reached in
spite of several days of drafting and
re-drafting," the official said.
"There is documented evidence
of a slew of e-mails back and forth
attempting to reach agreement on
the joint statement but a final version
did not come to fruition due to the
inability of the parties to reach agree-
ment on a mutually agreeable ver-
The absence of Bravo, Sammy and
Pollard has been a major talking
point, since the squad was
announced by the WICB on Satur-
day. Among them, the players boast
370 One-Day Internationals although
their records are all unflattering.
While no explanation were given
for their omission, chief selector
Clive Lloyd said in regards to the
captaincy, that his selection panel
had decided it was the right time to
look to more youthful leadership.
Holder, 23, has played only 23
One-Day Internationals and a single
Test, but is widely regarded as having
strong leadership qualities, and had
been tipped for captaincy in the
Thorne said while legal action was
not currently on the cards, he
believed the WICB needed to explain
its actions in relation to the identified
"I have to ask the WICB---since
I believe in doing things in the proper
manner in the realm of public law---
to give explanation for its conduct.
I [also] believe there is room for fur-
ther recourse within the channels
of the International Cricket Council,"
"This is a very awkward time to
contemplate legal proceedings. I m
not trigger happy and I don t think
that the players are trigger happy.
Of course, the ideal recourse is to
continue to play good cricket---these
three gentlemen---to continue to rep-
resent the region with pride and in
spite of the adversity, to do all that
is required of them on the cricket
field and cooperate with the proper
rules as they apply to cricket."
He said he had spoken to the
affected players, all of whom were
upset by the recent developments.
"Obviously they are disappointed.
Obviously they are somewhat dev-
astated but we trust that the way
forward is going to give us some kind
of an outcome that will serve the
best interests of all West Indians
who love cricket."
Windies players walked off the
one-day tour of India last October
in protest over the terms of the new
Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Their actions led to a flurry of meet-
ings between themselves, the WICB
and Wipa which also involved St
Vincent and the Grenadines Prime
Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.
WICB broke promise,
claims players' attorney
Attorney Ralph Thorne
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