In a shocking move, West Indies pull out of series with India, to return home.
In a move that has shocked everyone in the cricketing world, the West Indian cricket team has pulled out of the ongoing one day international series against India. The reason for this drastic measure is a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The decision by the players has not gone down too well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who may ban the country for 5 years.
The West Indies were scheduled to play a 5-match ODI series, 1 T20 and 3 tests against India. The team, however, only played 4 ODIs before calling off the tour. Former West Indian cricketer Wavell Hinds is the head of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), who has lead failed negotiations about players salary with the West Indies Cricket Board.
West Indies cricketer, Dwyane Bravo said he was “unhappy with the manner in which Hinds had handled the dispute, had indicated the loss of faith in the WIPA.”
The dispute first surfaced during the first ODI against India on October 8, 2014, but the players took the field in hope of things getting better. At the toss during the 4th ODI, captain of the West Indies, Dwyane Bravo said, “My team is standing behind me and it’s been a tough tour for us. We don’t want cricket to suffer and we don’t want our fans to suffer. It is time to make a decision though. Must give credit to my boys for all the fight they’ve put up.”
The BCCI has openly expressed its displeasure towards the WICB and its inability to resolve internal issues with the players and said that it will do all it can to protect its rights.