Wavell Hinds: 'I will not resign as WIPA president'
Wavell Hinds, the president of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) says he will not resign his position from the players’ representative body in the wake of a fall-out with the members who are currently on tour in India.
The players, led by skipper Dwayne Bravo, yesterday demanded the resignation of the Jamaican and other officials related to the players association on charges of conflict of interest.
In a letter to Hinds yesterday, Bravo said the players have lost confidence in the president because of the Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding he signed with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on behalf of the players.
Bravo said the players were never given an opportunity to consider the Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed.
The documents signed between WIPA and the WICB almost led to a strike of the first One-Day International against India yesterday.
However, Hinds says Bravo and the players cannot ask for his resignation.
Hinds say there is a process embedded in WIPA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association regarding the election and removal of officers.
He explained that Bravo’s call for some members of the current executive and board to resign is not supported by that process.
Hinds says the executive members were placed in charge by the rules of the association and will leave only according to the will of the majority of WIPA’s membership as provided for in those rules.
Hinds furthers says that Bravo’s intention to inform the WICB not to take any instruction from the current executive has no merit.
He says the duly elected executive of the WIPA is the only body which the WICB will recognize and deal with in matters to do with West Indian cricketers.
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