West Indies seek talks with India after legal threat

Archit Athani / 28 October 2014

The West Indies Cricket Board will request for a meet with the BCCI regarding to find out a feasible solution to the crisis which the BCCI has faced due to the abandonment of the series midway.

The BCCI had said that it would take legal action and cancel all tours to West Indies, which would cause West Indies cricket huge losses

The BCCI suffered a loss of $65 million according to media after the West Indies team flew back home.

The West Indies Cricket Board decided a meet among themselves. This is what they said

“The West Indies Cricket Board regrets, and is deeply embarrassed, by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India,” the statement read.

“The WICB once again expresses to the BCCI and all stakeholders — especially the cricket-loving public of the West Indies and India — sorrow for the events leading up to this development. The WICB believes a way can be found to repair the damage that has been caused and to ensure similar events do not recur, with the focus being on the betterment of West Indies and world cricket,” the statement added.

As well as requesting a meeting with the BCCI, the West Indies board said they had set up a task force to examine the cause of the tour’s collapse.

The WICB also vowed to “assure Cricket South Africa that it will use its best endeavours to ensure a successful tour of South Africa as scheduled”.

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell on Tuesday publicly offered his services as a mediator and said the crisis was bad for the entire Caribbean.

“It is a bit frightening for the region, not just for sport, but for our people, our economies on the whole,” he added.

The situation has caused dismay in a region where, despite disappointing performances, there remains a great passion for cricket and pride in West Indies’s past achievements.

There appears little sympathy for any of the disputing parties but former pace bowler Michael Holding put the blame at the feet of the WICB.

“The problem with West Indies is that the WICB always pushes things to the brink and waits till the last moment,” said Holding, now a television commentator.


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