West Indies Cricket Board in Crisis Meeting After BCCI Action
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to call of India's tour to West Indies next year. This in response to Caribbean players taking an early flight home due to a payment row with their board.
West Indies Cricket Board president Dave Cameron is reportedly facing a grilling from other executive members at an emergency meeting of the WICB following the abandonment last week of the tour of India.
An informed source from within the meeting in Barbados has confirmed that the early focus of the gathering has been on Cameron's handling of the entire situation.
More specifically, this was on his decision to take a hands-off position when the captain of the One-Day International team, Dwayne Bravo, last week requested intervention by the WICB boss in the midst of a rift between the players on tour and president of the West Indies Players Association, Wavell Hinds.
Cameron and Hinds signed off on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding in September that is the source of contention.
Bravo contends that senior players are now likely to have their overall compensation packages, taking into account sponsorship and other rights fees, reduced by as much as 75 percent.
Also to be discussed at the meeting are the ramifications of the suspension of at least two future tours by India to the West Indies in 2016 and 2017 and the initiation of legal proceedings by the Indian authorities against the WICB to recoup losses from the abandonment of the tour last Friday, leaving an ODI, a T20 International and three Tests outstanding.
This was announced earlier Tuesday at a meeting of the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
That emergency session in Hyderabad did not focus on any sanctions on the individual West Indies cricketers who are contracted to franchises in the Indian Premier League.
Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, has been reported on "Cricinfo" as saying that the players are welcome if they still want to play in the IPL, the most lucrative cricket tournament in the world.
There is speculation that the WICB may now consider withholding "No Objection Certificates," which is a requirement for international players from their respective administrations to participate in the IPL.
Should this materialise, it could prompt some prominent West Indian cricketers to retire from international cricket and therefore remove the requirement of an NOC for them to play in the IPL.