The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently has released an official document which depicts its communication with the manager of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Richie Richardson about the series between India and West Indies.
Richardson told in a mail that the West Indian team agreed to play the 4th ODI in Dharmasala but regrettably the current team did decide that they would not participate in any further matches of the tour and wished to return home after that match. In that context, he suggested the squad to shift to Delhi and wait until international flights are being booked. He also apologized for that.
Full Press release of the BCCI’s communication with WICB is shown below:
The BCCI would like to clarify that despite all its efforts, the Micromax Cup India vs West Indies ODI series has been curtailed because of the ongoing issue between WICB and its players, and the withdrawal of the WI team from the ongoing tour of India.
The timeline of the WICB’s withdrawal is mentioned below:
7 October 2014:
A copy of letter was sent to Mr. Wavell Hinds by Mr. Dave Cameron stating about the failure of the West Indies players to take the field would leave the WICB with ‘NO’ real alternatives but to cancel the match and notify BCCI about it accordingly and call back the team.
8 October 2014:
At around 3 AM in India, a mail was sent to the BCCI by Mr. Dave Cameron stating that he was withdrawing the West Indies team from the tour. After hearing it, Mr. Sanjay Patel went to Kochi in no delay and spoke tothe West Indies players and managed to get on with the match.
12 October 2014:
Mr. Patel met Mr. Cameron at Dubai and asked him about confirmation about the fact that the rest tour would go on. Mr. Cameron said that he would assure confirmation of it by close of business on 15th October, Wednesday.
16 October 2014:
There was no response from Mr. Cameron. So, Mr. Patel sent a reminder to Mr. Cameron for seeking an urgent response.
17 October 2014 – 3:00 am:
Mr. Cameron’s response was as such:
‘WICB are not able to provide any assurances or guarantees’
It was also mentioned that they would communicate their position by the end of 17th October.
17 October 2014 – 10:00 am
Mr. Richard Pybus of the WICB sent a mail to the BCCI stating –
‘WICB’s position is that if the players refuse to play then the players must return home and the rest of the ODI and Test tour is called off. This has been discussed with the WICB President and CEO and they are fully aware of developments here.’
17 October – 2:00 pm
Mr. Richie Richardson sent a mail to the BCCI stating the following:
He mentioned that the West Indies team would not play the remaining matches of the tour. They would shift back to Delhi after the 4th ODI. From there, they would leave as soon as the flights are booked.