I will not resign, says Hinds
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): President of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), Wavell Hinds, says he will not tender his resignation in the wake of a fall-out with the members who are currently on tour in India.
The players, led by skipper Dwayne Bravo, have demanded Hinds' resignation along with other officials of WIPA alleging that there is a conflict of interest.
In a letter to Hinds, 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 their behalf.
"I must take this opportunity to remind you that there is a process embedded in WIPA's Memorandum & Articles of Association regarding the election and removal of officers, and that your call for some members of the current executive and Board to resign is not supported by that process," said Hinds in his letter to Bravo.
"There will be no resignation by any member of the current executive," declared Hinds.
"They (negotiating team) acted and fulfilled their duties properly in all the circumstances, including the subsequent ratification of the signing of the new agreement by the directors present at our Board meeting held in Jamaica on October 2, 2014".
The players protested the new terms of WIPA's CBA/MOU deal with the WICB by threatening strike action on the eve of the first one-day international (ODI) against India on Wednesday.
They argue that the new agreement has reduced their income and that their Test, ODI and Twenty20 fees had been decreased by 75 per cent.
Hinds' letter to Bravo dismisses those claims as false, and says the new agreement, reflects a 15 per cent across-the-board increase in match fees and retainer contracts, ranging from 12.5 per cent to 25 per cent, along with the introduction of two new contract categories.
Hinds, a former West Indies cricketer, has also refuted claims that the players have not been consulted and sought to clarify concerns raised by Bravo about "special relationship" between WIPA and WICB.
"It is a departure from the adversarial nature which characterised it under WIPA's previous leadership," Hinds told Bravo in his letter.