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The highly anticipated first ODI between India and the West Indies in Kochi may be cancelled since the West Indian team are planning to go on strike.
The West Indies team did not attend their training session yesterday after it was revealed that their wages would be slashed as part of the new memorandum of understanding they signed with West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) last month.
In fact, the players have now accused the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president and chief executive Wavell Hinds of tricking them into signing the memorandum of understanding.
West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, who was chosen to be the players’ representative, wrote a letter to Hinds, which said that team morale was “at an all-time low”.
According to the letter, the national team also felt that they were never properly and fairly represented by Hinds.
“We are disappointed with the lack of proper representation and the players are now forced to make this proposal without any details as to how this new purported agreement was even arrived at and by whom, since the only advice we have received from you as President and CEO of WIPA is to not sign the contract /agreement that was sent by the WICB,” the letter said. “The players are of the view that as a matter of principle, we should not accept these conditions whereby we are being asked to play a series against India without any certainty of what are our obligations and what we will be playing for.”
The WICB have confirmed that it is likely the players will go on strike until this matter is resolved.
“The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic CBA/MOU,” the board said. “The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action.
“The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfils all its commitments and that cricket is played.
“The WICB further thanks the BCCI, the host board, for their understanding and pleads with fans to exercise calm and patience.
“The Board trusts that a reasoned approach is taken and that the interest of cricket is served. The Board will make further announcements as may be necessary.”