Cricket World Cup chief executive John Harnden today said that he is optimistic that West Indies will play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, despite their shocking pullout from the tour of India.

John Harnden quoted:

We see that everyone is very focused in resolving the situation as quickly as possible. We’ve got 108 days until the World Cup and from our point of view, I’ve no doubt that West Indies will be here entertaining the crowd as only they know how.”

The West Indies tour of India came to an abrupt end due to the ongoing payment structure dispute  the WICB and its players association. The players continued to protest against the payment dispute with the WIPA by wearing black armbands in the second ODI versus India and when no solution came, the players ended the tour. 

Pay disputes are nothing new in West Indies cricket but this is the first time they have pulled out of the tour which is bad enough because there were playing one of the most powerful cricketing nations in the world. The BCCI is blaming the WICB for not sorting out a deal with their players and with BCCI scrapping all the bilateral series and tours against them, WICB will have to demonstrate the willingness that such situations never happen again in the game.