Muirhead believes BCCI has 'softened position'
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Michael Muirhead, chief executive officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), says discussions with the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) over a US$42 million claim for losses from its recently aborted series in India has been progressing well.
"We have been having discussions with the BCCI and I believe they have softened their position somewhat in terms of the threat of a lawsuit," Muirhead told The Gleaner.
"We have been asking them to act in the best interest of cricket and so far their responses have be kind of favourable.
"I am therefore optimistic that they will settle on such a decision at their next board meeting."
The BCCI, Muirhead explained, is slated to meet in mid-December to decide on the matter.
This, he said, after a similar meeting was planned earlier, but had to be postponed due to internal issues affecting the Indian body.
"They (BCCI) were supposed to have a meeting on the 20th of November to deal with the matter," revealed Muirhead.
"However, their own internal problems with the courts and their president has resulted in a rescheduling, to a meeting on the 17th of December."
Meanwhile, Muirhead, who along with WICB president, Dave Cameron, has been spearheading the regional body's response to the claims, said recent reports that the Indians had put forward a play-and-pay proposal are not true.
The reports, which surfaced in the aftermath of the damage claims, stated that the Indian board wanted the WICB to forego earnings from future bilateral tours between the two nations in a bid to offset costs.
"That proposal has been bandied about," he said. "However, such a position has not been put forward by India, or, by us."
The West Indies one-day team pulled out of their tour of India after participating in four of five scheduled matches.
This was due to a stand-off between the players and their union, the West Indies Players Association.
The one-day series was slated to be followed by three Tests and a one-off Twenty20 International.