WI training camp kickstarts with new coach

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bridgetown:West Indies' dissident cricketers began arriving at a training camp in Barbados even as a judge was named to arbitrate their contract dispute with national administrators.

Most of the victorious Champions Trophy squad, including captain Brian Lara and deputy Ramnaresh Sarwan, were barred from the camp last week when they refused to sign on with the West Indies Cricket Board because of a conflict over personal endorsements.

With the tour to Australia jeopardised, the Board and West Indies Players Association agreed through mediation last Friday to reopen the camp to the dissenters, and allow an independent arbitrator to resolve the dispute by December 15, with his decisions binding.

Justice Adrian Saunders, Acting Chief Justice of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Supreme Court, has agreed to adjudicate the issue, said Keith Mitchell, mediator and chairman of the Caribbean Community prime ministerial subcommittee on cricket on Monday.

"I believe both the Board and the players will be well served by the skills and expertise of Justice Adrian Saunders, and I am pleased that he has agreed to adjudicate on this very important matter," Mitchell said.

Lara arrived in Barbados on Sunday, but left on Monday for Trinidad on personal business, and was expected to be back soon.

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