India's 2016 tour of WI under threat
MUMBAI, India (CMC):
The West Indies Cricket Board's finances could take another huge hit with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) saying yesterday it was now reviewing its 2016 tour of the Caribbean.
Indian officials are fuming after West Indies players abandoned the one-day tour of India on Friday, following the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala, over a pay dispute with their union, the West Indies Players' Association.
The players' move scuppered tomorrow's final ODI carded for Kolkata, the lone Twenty20 International in Cuttack on Wednesday, and the three-Test series that was expected to bowl off October 30.
"It will be very difficult to play West Indies in bilateral series in future. They have to demonstrate the willingness that such situations never happen again," international media quoted BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel as saying.
"I would say that India's next tour of West Indies is highly unlikely to go ahead in the current situation."
The series started under a cloud of uncertainty with West Indies players threatening to withdraw their services ahead of the first ODI in Kochi, over their contractual grouse with WIPA.
DRASTIC EARNING REDUCTION
They argued the new terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which WIPA signed recently with the West Indies Cricket Board, would result in a drastic reduction in their earnings.
A flurry of ill-tempered emails between the players and WIPA led to an escalation of tensions and when a last-ditch appeal to the WICB by the players failed, the squad informed team management they would no longer continue the tour.
Patel said regardless of the off-field issues, West Indies had an obligation to complete the tour.
"Whatever the dispute, they should have honoured the bilateral agreement," Patel said.
"We thank our friends Sri Lanka who agreed to the tour on a short notice but unfortunately we couldn't fit in the Tests as there was not enough time."
West Indies are expected to host India in three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 early in 2016, a tour that was expected to be a financial windfall for the WICB.
The BCCI is the world's richest cricket board, with series involving India often attracting high global viewership. Millionaire businessman N. Srinivasan, a former BCCI president, is now chairman of the International Cricket Council.
Patel said the BCCI intended to take steps to ensure it did not find itself in a similar situation again, with a team walking out on a bilateral series.
"We have suffered huge losses and the ICC is our parent body and we are going to ask them to ensure that this never happens in the future," Patel said.
The WICB are also expected to face legal action from the BCCI as fallout for the one-day squad failing to complete the series.