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Players blame board for failing to intervene

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

It has emerged that the West Indies players on tour in India wrote to the West Indies Cricket Board prior to the fourth one day international (ODI) yesterday indicating that they were no longer willing to continue the tour.

According to CMC Sports, it has obtained a copy of a letter sent to WICB president Dave Cameron by Windies players' representative, Dwayne Bravo.

Bravo, also the ODI captain, said the players were "extremely disappointed" by the WICB's failure to intervene in their impasse with the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), and having found no recourse either through WIPA, could not be "party to this grave injustice".

The West Indies players have been locked in an impasse with WIPA in recent weeks over what they claim is a significant reduction in their earnings because of the conditions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding, which WIPA recently signed with the WICB.

They had also threatened strike action prior to the first ODI in Kochi, but subsequently took the field.

In the latest letter to Cameron, the players described the new CBA/MOU as "wholly unjust and unfair" and reiterated they had not been fully apprised of its terms.

The Windies lost the fourth ODI in Dharamsala by 59 runs and are now expected to return home without contesting Monday's final ODI in Kolkata or the Twenty20 International two days later.

West Indies were also scheduled to play a three-Test series beginning October 30.