Heaven mum on WICB, BCCI fallout
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director, Whilford 'Billy' Heaven, is yet to formulate a position on the recent claims letter that was sent by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to the WICB for losses incurred as a result of the West Indies' non-completion of their recent tour of India.
According to Heaven, the president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), he only recently became aware of the letter, and is yet to get a chance to effectively peruse it.
"I am aware of the letter. But I am not privy to the details of it right now, but, hopefully, soon," he told The Gleaner following the playing of the final of the JCA 50 Overs Tournament at the weekend.
The letter, which was sent to WICB president Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron late last week, outlines an amount of US$42 million that regional body will have to pay to help the BCCI recoup costs.
The amount, which the BCCI expressed was initial, and based on preliminary calculations, includes fees for broadcast media rights, team, clothing, and venue sponsorship rights, as well as ticket sales and hospitality, among others.
The WICB was also given 15 days to respond, following which legal action will be undertaken to seek redress.
The letter also formally explained their position that all future bilateral series with the West Indies has been cancelled.
The West Indies failed to complete their tour of India after members of their one-day squad withdrew their services over a salary and benefits dispute with the WICB and their union, the West Indies Players Association.