West Indies likely to send full team to Sri Lanka

Published: Thursday, June 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Trinidad:The stalemate over contracts row between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is likely to get over after both the parties came within touching distance of a settlement last night.

Dinanath Ramnarine, WIPA's president, said that there was substantial agreement, and it appears that the Board has backed down over its seeming reluctance to have the controversial Clause Five included in binding arbitration. Once the exact wording of that arbitration is hammered out, WIPA is expected to advise its members to sign the match/tour contracts, and that will allow the originally-chosen squad to reassemble.

While the row over player contracts rumbles on, WIPA has again questioned the true value of the deal between the WICB and Digicel. That contract is at the heart of all the disputes that have blighted cricket in the Caribbean over the last year.

Though it is not going to be a lasting solution, it is at least a ceasefire which should ensure that the strongest team leaves the Caribbean shores for Emerald Island on Friday.

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