Wednesday, July 08, 2009

West Indies players stay away from Bangladesh

West Indies' home series in opposition to Bangladesh, to be commence on Thursday with the first Test has been unnerved into turmoil following a prohibit declaration by the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA). A statement from WIPA head Dinanath Ramnarine said the players would stay away from the series "with abrupt effect" for the reason that of a long-running contract based disagreement with the home board.

Ramnarine said the verdict to stay away from the series came after the most recent discussion with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) botched to determine several issues, counting the payment indenture. "The players have performed their last four competitions without a contract," Ramnarine said. "They are now being asked to play their fifth successive series without a contract, which is highly objectionable."

"When a player ringed me last week and asked what was the situation with regards to his hurt while playing cricket for the West Indies in the just finished Twenty20 World Cup, my reply was that was there was no on paper contract in place and consequently any action that would have to be taken would have to be taken in that circumstance. Professional sportsmen should not be allowed to play any sport that has such a high hazard without the essential fortification."

Promising information from the West Indies say that a second-string West Indian squad has landed in St Vincent, where the first Test is scheduled to start tomorrow. When contacted, Ramnarine said he hadn't heard the acknowledgement from the WICB and could not remark at this stage. Tony Howard, the WICB's cricket operations officer, also told “I had not heard of such any progress, but that a announcement would be released on the position of the series.

WICB president Julian Hunte, conversely, was positive the series would go in front as premeditated. "As far as we are concerned the game will be on Thursday," he told Reuters.

Rabeed Imam, the Bangladesh Cricket Board's media manager, told that as far as they were concerned this was a domestic problem of the WICB and their players and that Bangladesh were paying attention on the match tomorrow and had been preparaing in view of that.

This is not the first time in recent memory that the players and WICB have been involved in a stand-off. Earlier this year West Indies' bounce tour of England was almost severely undermined after it emerged five superior players had exposed to withdraw from the series to play in the IPL. That calamity was averted, only for more talk of a embargo of the fifth and final ODI between West Indies and England after Chris Gayle designated his team may not take the field if unsolved issues with the WICB remained unresolved. That too was averted.

A related heated discussion arose in 2008 previous to the Australia's tour of the West Indies. Several higher West Indian players considered moving back from the first two Tests of the series to play in the IPL games, but returned after the WICB permitted them to skip a pre-series preparation camp.

The last time West Indies players in reality took action, ten players - including the captain Brian Lara - stay away from the 2005 tour of Sri Lanka against a backdrop of unparalleled debate and uncertainty. A harsh, lengthened problem between the WICB and the players' association over sponsorship led to the tardy withdrawal of ten of the original squad of 13, including Lara, Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan. Replacement players were called up for the Test matches, which West Indies finished up losing the series to Lankans to a loss of 2-0.

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