After the recent pull out from India’s tour by the West Indies team over a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has got batting legend Brian Lara worried. The 45-year-old says that the situation is not ideal for both the board as well as the players. Lara says to lay the blame for the impasse on either the players or the board would not be right.
“I don’t place any blame on any one. I don’t know the intricacies of everything that has taken place but I believe that with my past knowledge of West Indies cricket as a player, it’s not a comfortable situation for both the players and the board. Hopefully they can settle things as quickly as possible and move on because it is only doing damage to the country’s cricket,” Lara told sportal.co.nz in an interview.
Lara, meanwhile, believes that financial crunches in West Indies cricket are nothing new and have been there since the beginning of their cricket history. “There have always been financial problems going way back to all the eras in West Indian cricket. You heard stories from Sir Frank Worrell, right through to the Kerry Packer days till today. Those issues haven’t been handled properly over the years and may be they’re still flustering as we speak,” he said.
After the pull out the players have been putting the blame on someone each other, there has also been a dispute between the spinning all-rounder Marlon Samuels and The West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo. Samuels has also blamed WIPA and Wavell Hinds. West Indies are scheduled to tour South Africa in December and January but for that the situation needs to be resolved. The world cup Officials are however positive and feel that West Indies will take part in the World Cup,and as usual will be entertaining the supporters in a manner that only they can. Meanwhile India have already called off their scheduled tour of 2016 with the West Indies, after the pullout.