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A way forward for West Indies cricket

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Photo: West Indies (WICB Photo)

The squabble between the WICB and the West Indies players has seemingly reached an amicable end. This following positive reports coming out of Sunday’s meeting convened by St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves other Caricom officials and the respective stake holders in West Indies Cricket.

Some of the persons that were in representation were WICB president Dave Cameron, players Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin and their legal representative Ralph Thorne, as well as Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. WIPA President Wavell Hinds participated via teleconferencing.

Reports coming out the meeting are the plans going forwards which will include; renegotiation of the players' contracts, with the players now having a say in payment matters, and WIPA and its chief Wavell Hinds will continue to represent the players' interests, non victimization of players who were apart of the strike action on the Indian tour and fullfilling the West Indies' tour to South Africa scheduled for December.

Attorney Ralph Thorne QC, who represented the players, said the matter of a fair selection policy for the tour of South Africa was an important one.

"We will be extremely vigilant with regard to the fair selection process. In the same way a number of players have been contacted, the players of the India tour similarly look forward to being immediately contacted regarding their availability for the South Africa tour," the Sunday Sun quoted Thorne as saying.

As it relates to the matter with the BCCI, a three-man task force comprising of former West Indies cricketer and Barbados politician Wes Hall, Barbados chief justice and former prime minister David Simmons, and lawyer and Trinidad & Tobago politician Kenneth Lalla, has been selected to tackle the issue, with the aim of coming up a decision within the 15 day span given by the BCCI.

BCCI has request over US$40m in financial compensation from WICB for the abandonment of the tour of Indian by the players.