Cricket talks ‘cordial, positive’
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Initial talks to resolve the latest spat between West Indies players, their union WIPA, and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), have been described as "cordial, positive, and fruitful".
The three parties sat down in an emergency meeting on Sunday in Kingston to begin thrashing out the matter that led players to abandon the one-day tour of India two weeks ago and also scupper the subsequent three-Test series.
"The meeting was cordial, positive, and fruitful, and discussions will continue in an effort to find a way forward following the premature end to the tour of India," said a joint statement released by the WICB yesterday.
The meeting was attended by WICB president Dave Cameron, Director Don Wehby, and their legal counsel, Luke Hamel-Smith, while WIPA was represented by president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, secretary Wayne Lewis, and attorney Patrick Foster, QC.
Prominent Barbadian QC Ralph Thorne represented the players, along with Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, and Lendl Simmons.
Marlon Samuels, who is not a member of WIPA, has also not retained legal counsel.
All-rounders AndrÈ Russell and Jason Holder were present.
The talks represent the first move to resolve the impasse stemming from the players' anger over the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), signed recently between the WICB and WIPA.