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In an extremely astonishing move, the West Indies have decided to pull the plug on their tour of India after failing to resolve their ongoing payment dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).
The West Indies will now return home after the ongoing fourth ODI in Dharamsala, meaning that the fifth ODI, one-off Twenty20 International and three-Test series will be cancelled.
“They have withdrawn their team and this (development) has come abruptly,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said. “We received an e-mail from Richie Richardson, the West Indies team manager, only this morning.
A BCCI press release added: “The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved.”
The BCCI also said that the sudden decision to pull out had “given little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and WICB”.
Since they were given no prior warning, the BCCI are now looking to “pursue all options available” and seek “appropriate action” from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
It is now understood that the BCCI have asked Sri Lanka to play a short series against India in order to compensate for the West Indies’ sudden decision to withdraw from the ongoing tour.