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West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) president Wavell Hinds has refused to resign after the national team threatened to go on strike during their ongoing tour of India.
West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo recently wrote a letter to Hinds, stating that the players had been treated unfairly and were infuriated that their wages have been slashed.
The players’ wages have decreased by “close to 100 percent” as part of the new collective bargaining agreement/memorandum of understanding Hinds signed on behalf of the players with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
“I must take this opportunity to remind you that there is a process embedded in WIPA’s memorandum and articles of association regarding the election and removal of officers, and that your call for some members of the current executive and board to resign is not supported by that process,” Hinds wrote in a letter to Bravo. “We were placed here by the rules of our association, and will leave only according to the will of the majority of our membership as provided in those rules.”
“There will be no resignation by any member of the current executive.”
Hinds also dismissed Bravo’s claims that, in addition to the three percent of all players earnings, the WIPA is also receiving $500,000 annually from the WICB.
“The assertion is wrong on two counts: WIPA does not receive three percent of all players’ earnings,” Hinds wrote in the letter. “In fact there are many of our members who contribute nothing to the association by way of dues – including a number of them who are currently on tour in India.
“May I also remind you that it was this current WIPA executive which (at the request of some ‘senior players’) reduced the percentage of players’ earnings to be paid over as dues from the previous five percent to the current three percent.”