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IND vs WI 5th ODI: Disgruntled West Indies To Leave India After Dharamsala ODI

By on October 17, 2014

The West Indies team will leave India after the conclusion of the ongoing fourth ODI in Dharamsala, according reports in the Indian media, meaning that Friday’s match will be the last of the tour.

That something strong was brewing had come become evident at the toss in Dharamsala, when West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo was accompanied by his entire team for the toss in In what can only be described as a strong show of solidarity against the backdrop of the dispute with the WIPA over cuts in player fees.

ESPNcricinfo quoted Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, as saying of the West Indies’ pull-out: “They’ve withdrawn the team abruptly. We received an e-mail from Richie Richardson, WI team manager, this morning.”

IND vs WI 5th ODIThe Indian Express, meanwhile, reported that sources within the BCCI claimed the board was looking at legal against the WICB for the financial losses incurred due to the pull-out of the West Indian team.

With the BCCI apparently not going compensate the tourists, Dwayne Bravo’s team will return to the Caribbean on their own expenses.

The report also said that the BCCI is in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket, with sources saying that confirmation will come in the next 48 hours.

West Indies and India were scheduled to play the fifth ODI in Kolkata, followed by a one-off Twenty20 international in Cuttack and Tests in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

At the toss, Bravo had spoken strongly about how difficult it had been to take the field. “As you can see, my team is standing behind me. Its been a tough situation, a tough tour for us so far.

We don’t want West Indies cricket to suffer and we don’t want our fans, back home and here in India, to suffer,” he said. “This is the reason we represent the West Indies team but it’s come that time when we have to make a decision as a team. Things haven’t been going our way but we try our best.

[We are] Yet to come to any agreement, yet to come to any contract so something might happen, we don’t know what will happen. I must give credit to my boys for all the fight they’ve put up, sticking it through this tough time. We just want to go out and play our best during this game.

The clash between WIPA and the players first came to notice during the series opener in Kochi. It was then reported that BCCI had to interfere in the matter in order to clear things between India the two boards.

According to reports on Friday, it took a lot of convincing from the BCCI and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association to ensure the West Indies played the fourth ODI. The team was scheduled to arrive at the stadium around 2:30pm IST on Thursday for practice, but that didn’t happen.

In fact, they were not even willing to address the media but following a lot of request from the HPCA, the press conference took place.

During the conference, West Indies manager Richie Richardson ducked a question about the tensions between the two parties, saying: “We are here to play cricket and our focus isn’t on anything else.”

Richardson also said that they just arrived whereas rumour had it that they the team was out visiting neighbouring McLeadganj, which had many doubting the attitude of the players. The fact that they even skipped practice on Thursday came as a surprise in view of their fragile batting.

The touring team had threatened to go on strike on the eve of the five-ODI series due to the new contracts handed to the players, which would have seen their salaries drop by 75 per cent.

Bravo has written to WICB president Dave Cameron, asking for the WIPA to be dissolved as the team felt “hoodwinked” by the manner in which it agreed to the new contracts without consulting the players.

Disgruntled with its players association due to an ongoing pay dispute, the West Indian team has sought the cricket board’s “urgent intervention” to dissolve the body as it no longer had the “authority to speak” on the side’s behalf.

The series is tied at 1-1 after the third ODI at Visakhapatnam was abandoned because of cyclone Hudhud.

Source: gocricket

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