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July 15, 2009, 02:16 AM

The West Indies Players Association in its response to the WICB’s demand for an apology has issued the following on behalf of its members.

On behalf of all our members, we wish to apologize to the West Indies Cricket Board for our “unreasonable” behaviour in respect of the following:

• For demanding that our members play with a contract clearly outlining the terms and conditions prior to a series or series of matches
• For insisting that all contracts be negotiated by WIPA prior to their being offered to the players, as is provided by the agreements between WIPA and the WICB
• For asking the WICB to honour the agreement and pay the medical treatment when players sustain injuries while representing the West Indies
• For asking that the WICB honour the 2007-2008 agreement that was signed by the Players and compensate the players who have been injured while playing for the West Indies as outlined in the agreement
• For asking the WICB to deposit funds it had deducted from the players’ salaries and which it failed to pay to the Players Provident Fund Account (Pension Plan) for almost a year
• For asking the WICB to reimburse players who sometimes have to purchase their own airline tickets while on duty for the West Indies
• For not having training camps and specialist camps for the preparation of the team so that the players may improve their performances
• For accepting to play in a series against England at a time of year when no other team has ever played in the history of over 100 years of international cricket
• For asking that the WICB not sell players’ intellectual property and image rights without permission
• For tolerating all of the above for far too long out of a desire to wear maroon and for listening to the executive of our association when told that negotiations were in progress and would bear fruit shortly
• For believing that our constitutional right to freedom of association was sacred and would be honoured and respected

The Players would be willing to apologize if the Players had:

(i) Lost Five (5) million US Dollars in the sanctioning of a one-off international 20/20 match as a result of selling rights to a party that already been sold.
(ii) Lost three (3) million US Dollars as a result of breach of agreement.
(iii) Spent one (1) million US Dollars in the courts in London unsuccessfully defending a legal action.
(iv) Made an out of court settlement with a broadcaster for breach of contract.
(v) Had to defend several other claims for breach of contract including one where the estimated loss of revenue is $500,000.00 US Dollars per year.
(vi) Lost almost US $10 million dollars in almost one year for breach of agreements with third parties.
(vii) Were responsible for the debacle in Antigua in which the match was called off because of the poor condition of the ground and for failure to fulfill the expectation that some inquiry or explanation would be forthcoming.
A perusal of the above should indicate from where the apology should come.

Source (http://caribbeancricket.com/news/2009/07/14/2911)

July 15, 2009, 04:36 AM
Unbelievable. They should drag WICB to he court immediately. WICB should be shut down and its administrators put behind the bars.

July 15, 2009, 07:05 AM
It does not help the cause.
WIPA now hit backs with some serious allegation and WICB may just find themselves in some serious trouble here.

Whatever it is, they should come to a solution soon.
Its not helping thier cricket and the fans.

July 16, 2009, 08:19 PM
ICC steps in to solve WICB-WIPA impasse


The governing body of world cricket, the ICC has stepped in to help resolve the ongoing crisis between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players association, WIPA, offering to mediate, if needed.

This follows WIPA's request to regional government's to help arrive at a solution over player contracts.

ICC general manager, Dave Richardson expressed his concern about the current stand-off which has seen most of West Indies' senior international players walking off the job.

"I am concerned," Richardson said regarding the West Indies' proud record in cricket.

He was hopeful, that unlike Zimbabwe, who were stripped of their test status when most of their top players boycotted the team, a similar fate would not befall the West Indies.

While not specifying when, Richardson said the ICC will contact the WICB, to offer their assistance.

But implicit in these statements, was a criticism of the board.

"Cricket is a mirror image of the bigger social environment," he said.

"The best performing countries are the ones that are best administered and the West Indies' administration, though I wouldn't say is bad, hasn't been consistent. It keeps changing all the time and that is not good for the game."

The ICC general manager's statements follows Dinanath Ramnarine's letter to the Guyanese President and CARICOM Heads of Government Chairman, Bharrat Jagdeo.

The player representative petitioned their help to resolve the impasse.

July 17, 2009, 06:19 AM
Thanks for the dig Shehwar. Just looking at the thread title, I thought it was yet another endearing example of your DNB/Khusbah rewaz for politeness, without the excessive ornamental language of the past ... :)

NONE of the allegations are unfounded AFAIK.

July 17, 2009, 01:42 PM
Very sad for WI cricket. Players aren't going to say sorry in any case. WICB has to come to some compromise to solve the prob. Players as I heard don't even have a proper contract. That's worse than BD.

July 17, 2009, 02:25 PM
This is very sad. I feel really sorry for the WI players and fans right now. I have lost any sort of respect for the WICB and I really want this problem to be solved as soon as possible!!

July 19, 2009, 04:04 PM
My club better organised than West Indies says Bravo


PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, one of the players boycotting the current test with Bangladesh, has described the West Indies Cricket Board as being less organised than his local club team.

In an interview with the Trinidad and Tobago Express on Sunday, Bravo expressed his disillusionment with the administration of the game in the Caribbean noting kits arrived late for tournaments and players often found themselves at airports without tickets.

"They just do things badly. They send guys on tour two days before a series and stuff like your uniform arriving late. No one can actually believe how - the West Indies is the biggest, you can't go bigger than that in the region but my club, Queen's Park Cricket Club, is more organised than West Indies," he said.

"There are times when you go to the airport and your ticket is not there. Then we call (Dinanath) Ramnarine (head of the players' union) and he will buy a ticket.

"Sometimes you come back from tour - every time we travel we land in Barbados to get a connecting flight. The players go to the desk, no tickets there. You call Ramnarine. That's what I'm talking about, the unprofessionalism," he said.

The West Indies Cricket Board was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.

Bravo said that when he was out injured for eight months last year he had to arrange for and pay for medical treatment.

"They got my surgery done for me. They paid for the flights and that was it. From the time I got back home my whole rehab programme was on my own, everything.

Bravo, who did not take part in the May tour of England but played in the lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, said he was saddened by finding himself on strike but said it was a matter of standing up for his rights.

"Basically you're left to do a lot for yourself. They keep saying you're a professional unit but do we get treated like a professional team? I don't think so. A lot of the players feel the same way," he said.

The flamboyant middle-order batsman and lively fast-medium bowler said that players who fell out of the test side were being ignored by the board.

"They come on the scene, show a lot of promise, get an injury or get dropped, no one has done anything to help them recover from their injury or get back in the game," he said.

The Trinidadian said that the players were tired of seeing the differences between how they are treated and the situation of their opponents.

"We reach a stage in life now where we travel the world and seen how things are set up in different countries and you ask yourself, 'Why? Why not back home by us?" he said.

July 19, 2009, 04:09 PM
Martin Williamson's column - Hurtling down an old precipice (http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/414607.html)

One World
July 19, 2009, 04:11 PM
That was one hell good write-up by MW. I think I read it about 5 days from now.

July 20, 2009, 08:35 AM
WI cricket board sucks....

July 20, 2009, 09:21 PM
don't want to see windies team going down like zimbabwe.