Apparently, the Jt. Secy. of BCCI and president of HPCA Anurag Thakur is very annoyed with the untimely pullout action taken by the touring West Indies team. Like millions of the fans of the game who were shocked with this unfortunate decision of West Indians, Thakur wants to ensure that ICC takes such a strong action against the erring West Indies so that in future, no one ever think of repeating such a silly mistake. It is not out of place to mention that Thakur has been instrumental in developing this beautiful stadium in Dharamshala and the forth ODI match could be played only after his personally initiated persuasions.
Heavily criticizing West Indies, Thakur said, “They (West Indies players) had made their decision last night. BCCI got to know about it in the morning. BCCI tried their level best to convince them but they were adamant not to play due to their internal pay dispute with the board.”
Offering an appropriate piece of advice, Thakur stated, “They should have behaved more responsibly. BCCI should file a complaint with the ICC. The behaviour of players and West Indies board is not right. For the future tour programmes, BCCI should not play with the West Indies. They need to pay for the losses BCCI has incurred from this tour. That way no board or player in the near future should do this kind of practice which goes against the game of cricket.”
Leaving the final decision regarding participation of West Indian players in IPL, Thakur suggested, “BCCI should decide on their IPL participation too. Though franchisees are involved, it remains a domestic tournament run by the board. They have to look at overall growth of cricket.”
Pointing out towards a more rational approach he emphasized, “The players could have decided this before coming to India. They may have their valid reason but this is no way to behave”.
This unfortunate incident will definitely have a deep and long term impact on the growth of West Indian cricket. On the other hand, this particular incident might well be utilized by the BCCI and ICC to impose stricter means to curb such unwarranted actions in future.