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September 1, 2009, 08:41 PM
Talks fail to resolve West Indies cricket dispute
Talks to resolve the monthslong dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and senior players ended without an agreement, Caribbean officials said on Tuesday. A statement from the Guyana-based Caribbean Community, which was asked to mediate the dispute, said the situation will "deteriorate further" without further undisclosed changes.
But it also urged Caribbean fans not to worry because "cricket is in our regional genes and cannot be lost."
The Caribbean Community appointed former Commonwealth secretary general Shridath Ramphal in July to deal with the ongoing problems between the West Indies Cricket Board and players association, and Ramphal said the situation "changed dramatically when one party introduced an entirely new document and refused to negotiate on any other."
The announcement did not indicate whether it was the board or the players, but the board's longest serving director, Chetram Singh told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he blamed the players.
"They are the ones always trying to break up things," Singh said.
According to the players, they played without contracts for most of this year, alleging they weren't paid, didn't have injuries taken care of, and weren't consulted when the board agreed to tour England in April as a substitution side.
Senior players, including captain Chris Gayle and star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, went on strike in July on the eve of the home test series against Bangladesh after negotiations with the board broke down.
A second-string side lost a test and the series to Bangladesh for the first time.
The leading players ended their boycott before the one-day international series, but they were overlooked, and Bangladesh swept the one-dayers. The second-string players were also retained for the Champions Trophy in South Africa this month.
September 1, 2009, 09:10 PM
And William thinks he can win Champions trophy with this team.
Jokers in WIndies. So much for a benevolent supporter.
September 2, 2009, 03:38 PM
I still stand by the players. WICB is the problem here.
September 4, 2009, 05:34 AM
Jagdeo blasts WICB over mediation failure
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - Caricom Chairman Bharrat Jagdeo has delivered a stinging attack on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), placing heavy blame on cricket's regional governing body for the failed mediation talks over the contracts row with the players.
Mediation talks broke down and Jagdeo, who had brokered an agreement six weeks ago for the feuding parties to enter a mediation process, believes the WICB prejudiced the effort from the start by not disclosing they had already selected a Champions Trophy squad without the top-flight players.
The Guyana president said it was his understanding that when the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) agreed during their July 21 meeting to make all their players available for selection, the move would allow "normalcy" to return to team selection.
Jagdeo said the WICB knew otherwise but did not declare their position.
"When the mediation under Sir Shridath Ramphal was agreed upon with me on 21 July 2009, it was in the context in which WIPA made all their players available and I understand this is to be the basis of a return to normalcy in team selection," Jagdeo said in a short press release dated Tuesday.
"The members of the board did not disclose to me or to WIPA that they had already selected a 'B' team for the Champions Trophy in South Africa," Jagdeo said.
The Caricom chairman said WICB President Julian Hunte acknowledged the board's selection position some time after when the process was too far gone.
"The president later apologised for the omission; but the damage had been done; the mediation was weakened from the start," Jagdeo said.
Expressing regret over the failure of the WICB and WIPA to reach agreement in their dispute, Jagdeo added that he was not totally surprised.
He criticised the WICB's role in the process and slammed the administrators for high-handed behaviour in the matter.
"It seems that the mediation has been the victim of the same spirit of board insistence on getting its own way whatever the consequences for our cricket," Jagdeo declared.
He said Caricom governments will have to "consider what next to do to save West Indies cricket, and West Indians, everywhere, from still further humiliation".
Jagdeo thanked mediator Sir Shridath Ramphal for his effort and said he awaited a further report from the former Commonwealth secretary general.
Officials of the WICB held a news conference at Kensington Oval on Tuesday to announce that its board and WIPA will now pursue arbitration, following the collapse of mediation talks aimed at solving the long-running dispute between them.
WICB vice-president Dave Cameron disclosed at the news conference that the failure to find a solution to the dispute follows 10 days of tough negotiations throughout the month of August.
"No agreement could be reached at the conclusion of the mediation process, and the next option that is provided under the dispute resolution clause of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with WIPA is arbitration," said Cameron.
Cameron said talks broke down because the players have "changed essentially how they want to be represented, and viewed in commercial terms", departing from the MOU and CBA they have been operating under.
September 4, 2009, 05:40 AM
Mediator says board's surprise document sank talks
September 4, 2009
The West Indies players' dispute could have been settled this week but for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) submitting a new document at the last minute, according to the mediator Sir Shridath Ramphal. Talks broke down (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/story/422960.html) between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) after more than a month of mediation over contract disputes, leaving a second-string team to represent West Indies at the Champions Trophy and raising doubts over when the leading players will be available.
The CARICOM-appointed mediator Ramphal, a former Commonwealth secretary-general, said that with a day of negotiations remaining earlier this week, he had been confident the parties would reach an agreement. However, Ramphal's report, which has appeared on caribbeancricket.com, indicated the WICB had surprised him and the WIPA with the late addition of a new set of requirements.
"As those efforts were unfolding, the board produced an alternative document which differed in significant respects from the evolved text and was not acceptable to WIPA," Ramphal wrote. "It was the only text the board was willing to sign ... [and] it was proposed should be kept 'secret' while a protracted arbitration process on fourteen issues was pursued."
However, WICB vice-president Dave Cameron said the board needed to submit the new proposal as Ramphal's earlier interpretation of the board's positions "did not reflect the views and issues of the WICB".
"That is part of the problem," Cameron told the Trinidad & Tobago Express. "None of the issues we brought to the table, we felt, were being dealt with in a serious way and we kept saying that there could only be a long-term solution if we deal with these issues."
But the board also came under fire from Bharrat Jagdeo, the president of Guyana and the CARICOM chairman, who met with WICB and WIPA representatives in July before appointing Ramphal as mediator. Jagdeo said the WICB had hurt negotiations right from the start by not disclosing that a second-string Champions Trophy squad had already been selected.
Full Report from Cricinfo (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/story/423461.html)
September 7, 2009, 09:00 AM
I once thought that no board could be worse than PCB. WICB proves me wrong.
September 7, 2009, 09:10 AM
Cricket boards should not be allowed to dictate cricket and cricketers in such an extent that they start treating them as gods. WICB, BCCI, BCB, PCB, ECB the list continues...
September 7, 2009, 04:21 PM
WICB to continue disciplinary matters
Mon, Sep 7, '09
What follows is a press statement issued today by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB):
The West Indies Cricket [WICB], at an Executive Meeting today, has announced that it will continue the disciplinary matters against offending players.
The WICB has decided to resume disciplinary action against all West Indies players who had committed breaches of the WICB Code of Conduct during the England Tour, Indian Tour and the Bangladesh Tour earlier this year, by referring these matters to the WICB Disciplinary Committee.
September 10, 2009, 12:19 AM
Caribbean leaders to hold crisis talks Friday
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Caribbean political leaders are to hold crisis talks on Friday to try to break the prolonged impasse between the West Indies cricket team and its board, mediators said.
The latest dispute erupted in July when 13 of the leading West Indies players made themselves unavailable for the first Test against Bangladesh in Saint Vincent, citing pay and contract issues.
Talks mediated by the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (Caricom) broke down last week when the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appeared close to a deal.
Friday will see regional leaders explore ways to break the deadlock over issues such as contracts, medical benefits, sponsorship fees and image rights, Caricom Secretary General Edwin Carrington said Wednesday.
Good sense must prevail between the players and the board so that "the best team would be on the field," he said, without mentioning any new initiatives on the table.
"We are hoping that both sides would realize that we have to come back from the brink and really make what I would call compromises on both sides," Carrington told reporters.
The leaders of Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda are among those expected to participate in Friday's video-conference meeting.
Board director Chetram Singh supported the efforts but said he was uncertain intervention by Caribbean political leaders would work because they could not enforce decisions on an independent WICB.
"I am not saying that it will work but in my opinion anything is worth a try at this moment to see how we could solve this crisis in West Indies cricket as early as possible and if political intervention will assist, I would support it."
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September 10, 2009, 02:42 AM
September 28, 2009, 05:18 PM
The WICB has forgotten that its the players that really matter....Nobody really cares that much about them....The players matter the most, so their needs should be looked after first...They weren't....They had every right to strike.
September 28, 2009, 07:45 PM
So what happened to the defaulters of WIPA, last time I saw Edward and a few more wanted a come back chance.
September 29, 2009, 02:09 PM
When the strikes first happened in 2005 Edwards wasn't part of the 1st XI, therefore he didn't know about the restrictions, Edwards is under the WIPA, therefore he MUST strike......He didn't know.....That's why he made himself available. Only to be ignore shortly after....
September 29, 2009, 02:14 PM
BTW, in order for the seniors (Bravo, Gayle, Chanders, Sarwan, Ramdin, Taylor, Nash) to be selected for the tour of Australia later this year, they MUST make themselves available for the regional one day tournament.....
So far I know Ramdin is available....Nash and Gayle have been making runs in Jamaican Domestic Cricket (Which selects the Jamaica team)
October 13, 2009, 06:09 PM
The West Indies players' strike is over after the region's board and players' association agreed to end their bitter contract dispute on Tuesday. A three-day meeting between Julian Hunte, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, and Dinanath Ramnarine, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) chief executive, led to "all outstanding matters" being "settled amicably", meaning a full-strength team will be available to tour Australia next month.
MOU Underway (http://www.cricinfo.com/westindies/content/current/story/429488.html)
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