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West Indies players threaten to boycott 1st India ODI in Kochi

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Updated: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:54 [IST]
 
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Kochi, Oct 8: The first India-West Indies One Day International here today is doubt after the Caribbean players threatened to strike over a pay dispute.

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The West Indies ODI squad, led by Dwayne Bravo, did not train yesterday (October 7) and some of the players were mulling withdrawing from the first ODI.

WI players threaten to boycott 1st ODI

The controversy is over the recent signing of a new agreement between West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) which covers pay and conditions for the players.

Captain Bravo, in a letter to WIPA president Wavel Hinds has expressed his disappointment over them being kept in the dark about the new agreement.

"We believe we are being hoodwinked and are being treated like little school boys, yet we are being asked to perform and play as professionals," Bravo wrote in a letter to Hinds, which was published in the Caribbean media last evening.

"The players are of the view that as a matter of principle, we should not accept these conditions whereby we are being asked to play a series against India without any certainty of what are our obligations and what we will be playing for," he added.

WICB has confirmed that players would pull out of the first ODI.

In a statement, it said: "The West Indies Cricket Board has been advised that a number of players forming the West Indies One Day International squad currently in India, and scheduled to play five ODIs, commencing with the first ODI tomorrow, Wednesday October 8, have expressed concerns to WIPA on a number of issues relating to the CBA/MOU recently signed by WICB and WIPA.

"It has also come to the WICB's attention that the some of the players could withdraw their services for the first ODI. The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic CBA/MOU."

The WICB apologised to fans, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and all other stakeholders.

"The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action. The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfills all its commitments and that cricket is played.

The WICB further thanks the BCCI, the host board, for their understanding and pleads with fans to exercise calm and patience. The Board trusts that a reasoned approach is taken and that the interest of cricket is served. The Board will make further announcements as may be necessary," WICB added.

West Indies are in India to play five ODIs, one Twenty20 International and three Tests.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 10:26 [IST]
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