Cricket Australia 'deeply concerned'
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Cricket Australia says it is "deeply concerned" over the West Indies players' decision to abandon the tour of India, especially with the Aussies scheduled to tour the Caribbean next year.
Wally Edwards, Cricket Australia's chairman, described the situation as "deeply concerning" and said it was one that needed to be urgently addressed.
West Indies one-day players quit the five-match tour of India following the fourth one-day international (ODI) in Dharamsala last Friday, after failing to reach an agreement with their union over a contract and pay dispute.
"The situation that has just unfolded, with the West Indian players abandoning the remainder of the Indian tour, is deeply concerning for a game that needs strong cooperation for its survival," Edwards said.
"We are a long way from what has taken place in India and have sought further details so we can understand more as a priority."
Australia are also scheduled to tour the Caribbean starting in May next year, playing two Tests and three ODIs.
Edwards said it was important that walkouts, like the one staged by West Indies players, be avoided in the interest of world cricket.
"Put simply, players and boards must fulfil their commitments to the ICC Future Tours Program," Edwards said.
"Situations such as these have to be avoided at all costs because, ultimately, those that are affected most are the people that the game depends on so heavily - cricket lovers, key broadcasters and commercial partners.
"For the game's sake, this needs to be resolved as soon as possible."