Pulling out ‘is not a move I would have advocated’, says Ian Bishop

Bishop feels the West Indies were lucky not to be taken to the cleaners

Bishop (left) feels the West Indies were lucky not to be taken to the cleaners

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Former West Indies pace bowler Ian Bishop has announced that it was “disappointing” to see the national team pull out midway through their tour of India.

The West Indies decided to return home after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala due to their ongoing pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).

“There’s a lot of disappointment in terms of the Indian nationals,” Bishop told Line and Length TV. “There’s a lot of goodwill for the West Indies in India and that is based historically on the tours that have taken place here going way back and the great players who started their careers here. And of course, in more recent times, the way that the Pollards, the Russells and the Narines have performed in the IPL.”

Bishop also noted that he fully understands why the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian fans would have been¬†infuriated with the West Indies’ decision to pull out.

“A lot of fans were angry,” he said. “It’s unprecedented what happened. There’s a sense of disbelief. It is not a move I would have advocated. It [India] is the biggest cricketing market.”

While Bishop was not impressed that the WICB and WIPA had let the situation escalate to such a level, he is confident that everything will be resolved sooner rather than later.

“It’s been well-ventilated. I like WIPA. I like Wavell Hinds,” he said. “He is a principled and intelligent guy who really formulates his own views but to me there’s been a misstep with him and one or two of his executive colleagues in not communicating back to the players the mandate that they were given before they signed off on it.

“The players were not in opposition to the proposed financial structure but they wanted a final say and to be more included in the process. Now, the conversation is going away from what happened and unbelievably to how the other countries can help the West Indies.”

Bishop also stated that the WICB should consider themselves very lucky not to be taken to the cleaners by the BCCI.

“Knowing what you know now, given that you don’t understand television rights, the millions of dollars lost by the innocent party, the BCCI; given the income that would have come in; the revenue that would have come in to the West Indies to fund youth cricket, women’s cricket, grassroots cricket, the professional league,” he said. “If India weren’t as kind, and they are being kind because they can take the West Indies to the cleaners, you could kill the goose that laid the golden egg for you. You could wipe the whole thing out.

“The West Indies board as well, they understand television rights, they have negotiated way back their own television rights as well so they should have understood the impact and maybe have moved in sooner to cull this whole antagonism that was going on.

“It’s not a good reputation to have. Communication has to be improved. Administration has to be improved.”

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