WICB begins search for second-string players

Published: Monday, June 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Trinidad:After reportedly rejecting the latest offer from the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the West Indies board (WICB) is preparing to send out invitations to second-string players to tour Sri Lanka next month.

It may be recalled that on Friday, Dinanath Ramnarine, president of the WIPA had said that the WICB had rejected its latest offer to have the whole issue of match/tour contracts for the forthcoming trip settled by an arbitrator.

"The WICB has rejected this proposal, but has indicated that it will be sent to its legal counsel," Ramnarine was quoted as saying in the Barbados based paper Nation.

"WIPA has proposed a further meeting between the parties even at this late stage to find any common ground and negotiated resolution in the interest West Indies cricket."

So far, only three of the 13 selected players -- Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Powell and rookie wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin - have signed tour contracts which include the controversial Clause Five with the WICB.

Reports from Colombo say that few of the 'A' team already in Sri Lanka are willing to sign the contracts.

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