West Indies have pulled out of the India series and the Dharamsala ODI will be the last one for the series. The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed Friday that the West Indies cricket team has pulled out of the remainder of the India tour over a pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board. The team will not play the final ODI, T20 and 3 Tests.
West Indies will fly back home after 4th ODI
Patel later released a statement, where he said, “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.
BCCI is Shocked by the WICB Decision:
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.
Considering, this was India’s only series before the team leaves for Australia, BCCI is reportedly trying to arrange for an alternate team who could visit India for a series. It is learnt that India might invite Sri Lanka for a short series. A confirmation is expected in the next 48 hours.
West Indies Fly back With Own Expense:
Meanwhile, the West Indies players will fly back home at their own expense and they will not be compensated for their flight tickets. The current players, led by ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, are unhappy over a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the West Indies players association with the Board.
Before the first ODI in Kochi, the Caribbeans had threatened to pull out of the series since their new contracts could see a reduction in wages up to 75 per cent. However, the Bravo-led outfit relented just in time and went on to win the opening ODI by 124 runs.
Bravo was angry with West Indies Players Association chief Wavell Hinds. He said Hinds had “hoodwinked” them by agreeing to the new contracts without taking the players into confidence