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CRICKET: St Vincent's PM proposes CARICOM panel to help solve WI contract dispute

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 10:25 AM

St Vincent’s Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is advocating the assembling of a three-member CARICOM panel to help resolve the ongoing contract dispute between West Indies players, their union WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).



The contract dispute resulted in West Indies players abandoning the India tour after the fourth One-Day International in Dharamsala on October 17.



In a letter to the WICB president Dave Cameron last week, Gonsalves said the current crisis was too serious a matter to be solved by the board alone.



He suggested the wider of engagement of CARICOM.



Gonsalves proposed the panel be comprised of current CARICOM chairman, Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne; Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell and former Jamaica prime minister P.J. Patterson.



The experienced leader played a key role in resolving the impasse between the WICB and Chris Gayle two years ago.



According to Gonsalves’s proposal, the CARICOM panel would focus not only on solving the current impasse, but on several other key issues in West Indies cricket.



These include the sustainable funding of West Indies cricket, the reform of the management of the WICB and the tensions between the WICB and the Indian Cricket Board.



The WICB announced last week it would set up a task force to investigate the matter.



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