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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ordered the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to pay US$41.97 million in damages after the national team pulled out midway through their tour of India.
The BCCI recently suspended all bilateral relations with the WICB and have also announced that they will take legal action if their West Indian counterparts don’t respond within 15 days.
The West Indies pulled out of their tour of India after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala. As a result of this, the fifth ODI, a one-off Twenty20 International and three Tests were cancelled.
“The BCCI is faced with huge revenue losses, a loss of reputation and is at risk of losing valuable commercial partners,” Patel wrote in a four-page letter to WICB president Dave Cameron. “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.
“Our broadcaster had committed to its advertisers during this season and on account of your actions, is facing a severe crisis the effects of which are felt by the BCCI. The BCCI holds the WICB responsible and liable for all such consequences and intends to enforce its rights to seek compensation from the WICB to the fullest extent permissible in law.”
In the letter, Patel also called on the WICB to explain how they intend to pay the US$41.97 million.
“In the event the BCCI does not receive such a proposal in acceptable terms, within a period of 15 days from receipt of this letter, please note that the BCCI has peremptorily instructed its attorneys to initiate steps for recovery of the losses by filing appropriate legal proceedings against the WICB in the appropriate Indian Court and you may treat this notice as a formal demand in that regard,” Patel wtote.
Even though the BCCI were able to convince Sri Lanka to tour for a five-match ODI series, Patel stated that the West Indies’ actions were unacceptable.
“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,” he wrote. “In return, the BCCI has agreed to tour Sri Lanka in 2015 whereby it has permanently and irretrievably lost a valuable home tour.
“The adverse financial ramifications and the negative impact of your action to unilaterally cancel the remainder of the Tour was well within your understanding, yet you still went ahead and cancelled the Tour in complete disregard of your legal commitments.
“The WICB is also aware that each National Board is committed to touring each other in a given period such that the schedule of tours between each of the Boards is fixed 8 years in advance. Such touring obligations are on a reciprocal basis so as to reflect not only fairness in ranking but also equal opportunity to each Board. As such, given the limited windows of opportunity and the long-term schedule of tours as between the National Cricket Boards, rescheduling of Tours within the 8-year period becomes impossible.”