WIPA shocked by denying contract to Bravo

Published: Monday, July 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St John's, Antigua:West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) President Dinanath Ramnarine has hit out at the country's cricket board for excluding Dwayne Bravo from the list of contracted cricketers, saying that the move was in breach of ICC regulations.

''I'm surprised, I'm disappointed, I'm shocked,'' Ramnarine told CMC Sports.

''I can't believe we will go back down this road again. We have a ruling, we have an ICC ruling, a FICA ruling which we are bound by.

They are now breaching that ruling by saying 'we are going to punish somebody for having a pre-existing contract','' he added.

Bravo was left out of the list of seven players, who were offered retainer contracts, due to his contract with Cable and Wireless, the main rivals of West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) sponsors Digicel.

The WICB said Bravo would be offered tournament based contract.

Ramnarine said the board did not hnour the agreement to discuss the list of contracted players and the criteria for their selection with WIPA before making it public.

''I am extremely disappointed that the board would seek to announce the retained players in the media after having signed an agreement to provide us with that information, as well as the category, as well as the criteria for selecting those players,'' Ramnarine said.

''That was not done and we have to see it in a press release.

That is highly unprofessional and it says a lot about the manner in which this West Indies Cricket Board under Mr (Ken) Gordon,'' he added.

The WIPA President said the board's decision will damage its relations with the players.

''We believe that this recent action will take us further back and basically we are back to square one. That's what we are back to,'' he said.

He also said the WIPA would respond after discussing the matter with its executives.

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