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India issue tops WICB agenda

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMJermaine Lannaman

Head of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, is keeping his cards close to his chest as it relates to how they intend to approach India over a US$42 million damage claim resulting from last October's abandoned tour.

At Saturday's post-WICB annual general meeting press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Cameron refused to elaborate on what the next possible steps will be, pointing instead to a meeting he plans to have with Grenadian Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell next week.

Mitchell is also chairman of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket.

"One of our mandates, immediately, is to deal with that India event," said Cameron.

"(But) All I can say to you is that I will be meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell within a week for us to discuss the delegation that will go and sit with India and resolve the matter," was all Cameron was prepared to say.

The Jamaican, who defeated West Indies legend Joel Garner 8-4 in presidential elections at the AGM, also refused to address reports that the Indian cricket board is not in favour of his leadership.

"None," was his response when he was asked if he had any comments regarding reports that the Indians were not willing to negotiate with him and would have preferred the candidacy of Garner.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India made the US$42m claim after citing media rights and other revenue losses resulting from the West Indies pull-out. The team withdrawal also affected subsequently planned Test and Twenty20 international matches.

One of the reasons for the player boycott was a breakdown in discussions between the WICB and West Indies Players Association over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The agreement, a number of the players contend, significantly impacted their earning potential.