WICB chief looks to politicians to help meet BCCI demands
New Delhi: After a USD42 million claim by BCCI authorities over tour pull-out by West Indies against India, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is now looking up to the Caribbean politicians to help them fulfill the demand.
The demand will be tough to meet by WICB, as it is one of the poorest cricket boards among the Test playing nations.
A meeting was held in Trinidad after which WICB president Dave Cameron confirmed the involvement of regional leaders in seeking a resolution to both the impasse between the players and their own players' association, which resulted in the abandonment of the tour. The meeting also discussed the ways to meet the BCCI demands
Cameron attended the meeting with the politicians Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and Grenada prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell.
Cameron was among three WICB officials at the meeting in Port of Spain, which was also attended by Dwayne Bravo, captain of the One-Day International squad that left the tour following the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on October 17. Test team captain Denesh Ramdin was also present in the meeting.
Wavell Hinds, the president of the West Indies Players Association, did not attend in person but contributed to the near six-hour dialogue by teleconference.
There has been no official confirmation of the specifics of the meeting, it is understood that the contentious CBA/MoU is to be renegotiated and the players will withdraw the call for Hinds' resignation.
The dispute became public during the ODI segment of the India tour, Bravo called for the resignation of Hinds over the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement/MOU between the WICB and WIPA in September which, according to the disgruntled players, slashes their overall earnings by 75 per cent.