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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) an ultimatum to pay them $41.97 million.
The BCCI have ordered this amount to be paid after the West Indies pulled out midway through their their tour of India in October due to a payment dispute with the WICB and West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel revealed that he sent a two-page letter to WICB president Dave Cameron and the inter-governmental Caribbean community (CARICOM) secretary-general Irwin LaRocque.
“When CARICOM intervened in the dispute and requested BCCI to hold off on its claims for a period of 40 days from the deadline stipulated in its claim letter, the BCCI acquiesced to the same in the hope that an acceptable resolution would be achieved through CARICOM’s able mediation,” Patel wrote in his letter. “However, it is with regret that the BCCI finds itself in a position where its expectations have remained wholly unfulfilled, with there being no progress in finding a solution that is acceptable to the BCCI, despite the 40-day time period having long since elapsed.”
LaRocque sent a letter to the BCCI on November 14, which said that the WICB were unable to pay the amount and needed more time.
Responding to LaRocque’s comments in his letter, Patel wrote: “The BCCI cannot any longer hold off from pursuing its claims against WICB in the appropriate forum being the courts in India. We trust that CARICOM will understand our position.
“If the WICB fails to comply with the requisitions contained in our letter dated 31st October 2014 within a period of 7 days from receipt of this letter, the BCCI shall initiate legal proceedings in the appropriate forum against WICB without further intimation.”