Players seek WICB help
... say WIPA no longer their agent
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):The West Indies squad in India say they no longer want any part of a Wavell Hinds-led West Indies Players Association, and has asked the West Indies Cricket Board to "urgently" intervene in the impasse.
In a letter to WICB president Dave Cameron last Friday, the players once again expressed their lack of faith in Hinds' leadership and reiterated their desire to return to the terms of the old Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding (CBA/MOU).
The WICB yesterday confirmed to CMC Sports it had received the letter.
The players have accused Hinds, the WIPA president and chief executive, of misleading them as it relates to the terms of the newly signed CBA/MOU.
In a move that threatens to split the players' union and derail an agreement Cameron recently described as "historic", the Windies players said they had "collectively determined" not to accept any contracts stemming from the agreement and would also seek new representation shortly.
"The process that has been supposedly undertaken on our behalf is, in our view, a breach of trust, a clear lack of transparency, and violation of our rights," the players wrote.
"It would, therefore, be not only imprudent, but immoral to consider such representative action to be in any way appropriate or right.
"For the record, we wish to reiterate our position put forward to the WICB earlier through WIPA, which is, that we propose the continuation under the old structure until a new agreement is reached between the players and WICB.
"Neither the WICB nor the players would be disadvantaged by such a mutually agreed arrangement. We believe this to be a sensible and reasonable option, in the interim, while we negotiate new terms and conditions that have been properly ventilated."
In an earlier letter last week, the players had called on Hinds and the other members of WIPA's top brass to resign, a call rejected by the former Jamaica and West Indies batsman.
However, the players reiterated their call for Hinds to go.
DO THE RIGHT THING
"It is our view, given the circumstances of the formulation and finalising of this agreement, the WIPA board needs to do the right thing and resign. We wish to formerly advise you that WIPA has no authority to speak on our behalf," the players wrote.
"We also note that we finally got a response yesterday (Thursday) from Mr Hinds. However, his response leads us to pose more questions than the "answers" provided. There were many inaccuracies in Mr Hinds' letter to which we will provide a detailed response in due course.
"We will advise you of the person or persons entrusted with the responsibility to act on our behalf shortly."
The players are upset over what they have described as a significant reduction in their income under the new terms of the CBA/MOU, and threatened to withdraw their services for last Wednesday's first one-day international of the five-match series against India in Kochi.
They argued they were unaware of the new terms contained in the agreement and had no input in the negotiations undertaken by WIPA.
Hinds subsequently hit back, pointing out that the players' representative and one-day captain Dwayne Bravo was present at the meeting where the new agreement was discussed, and had given his assent.
With no resolution in sight, the players have asked Cameron to step in.
"As you are aware, as an act of good faith and in the spirit of camaraderie that epitomises regional cricket, we conceded to go forward with the 1st One-Day Match in India with the expectation that we would resolve the critical matter of all our contractual terms," the players said in the letter.
"Our decision to play in India was in no way intended to convey an acceptance by the players of the unreasonable terms and conditions put forward to us by WICB nor was it intended as an expression of our acceptance of the purported new Memorandum of Understanding.
They added: "As you may be aware, we have demonstrated much restraint in this matter in trying to get our former representatives to fix this travesty but, unfortunately, this has not occurred. We are hopeful that, with your intervention, the matter can be resolved without public or other recourse."