BCCI statement on West Indies pulling out of tour

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Updated: Friday, October 17, 2014, 16:55 [IST]
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BCCI statement on West Indies' pull out

Dharamsala, Oct 17: BCCI said it was "shocked" and "extremely disappointed" after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) withdrew its team from the ongoing India tour midway due to a pay dispute with the players.

The fourth ODI is currently being played in Dharamsala today. There was one more ODI in Kolkata, one off Twenty20 International and three Tests after this.

In a media statement, BCCI secretary confirmed that West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) had informed them of the decision today.

Here is the full statement from BCCI

"BCCI shocked and surprised at WICB's decision to cancel the ongoing tour of India

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has informed the BCCI of its decision to cancel the rest of its ongoing tour to India because of a dispute with its players, and has advised the BCCI that its players will return home immediately.

The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB. The WICB's inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved. The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and the WICB.

The BCCI wishes to inform all its stakeholders, especially ardent fans of the Indian cricket team, that this is a unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players, in spite of several appeals to the WICB to honour its commitment and complete the series.

The BCCI will pursue all options available to protect its rights, whilst seeking appropriate action from the ICC to ensure that its interests and those of the game at large will not suffer any damage due to such acts of indiscretion.

Sanjay Patel
Hony. Secretary


Story first published:  Friday, October 17, 2014, 16:39 [IST]
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