BCCI ‘seeks millions’ from Windies

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Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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India want the West Indies to pay nearly $42million compensation for pulling out of their tour in October, it has been claimed.

Scheduled to play five ODIs, a Twenty20 and three Tests against India, the West Indies players led by captain Dwayne Bravo pulled out of the series after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on October 17 citing a dispute over players’ contracts with their own cricket board.

ESPNcricinfo say they are in possession of a four-page letter sent from the Board Of Control For Cricket In India to the West Indies Cricket Board outlining that it “intends to enforce its rights to seek compensation from the WICB to the fullest extent permissible in law”.

“The consequences of not delivering a scheduled home tour is crippling,” the BCCI letter is reported as saying.

“The BCCI is faced with huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners.

“The consequences of cancellation of a committed home Tour during the biggest festival season Diwali in India is a monumental disaster for the BCCI.

“It is during this season that our partners derive the most value from their rights.

“Pending resolutions of all disputes the BCCI suspends all bilateral cricketing relations with the WICB.”

It has been reported that the the BCCI quantifies its losses as $41.97m despite Sri Lanka helping to fill in the void caused by West Indies’ withdrawal by agreeing to play a five-match ODI series.

“This is because the Sri Lanka Cricket Board has not committed to any additional tour of India but has only advanced its 2015 Tour to 2014,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel is quoted as saying in the letter.

“In return, the BCCI has agreed to tour Sri Lanka in 2015 whereby it has permanently and irretrievably lost a valuable home tour.”

The WICB, the West Indies Players’ Association and representatives of the West Indies squad met in Jamaica last weekend to attempt to resolve the dispute which has rocked Caribbean cricket.

The talks were described as “cordial, positive and fruitful” by the WICB, but as yet no firm agreements or resolutions have been found.

Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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