Legal action likely - BCCI
HYDERABAD, India (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) seems unlikely to escape a lawsuit over its players' sudden abandonment of the Indian tour, after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) interim president, N. Shivlal Yadav, said yesterday that all indications pointed towards court action.
Shivlal Yadav will chair a high-level meeting of the BCCI's working committee here today, which will decide on appropriate action for the West Indies, who walked out of the tour following last Friday's fourth one-day international (ODI) in Dharamsala.
"It was an internal problem of the WICB. But, since it meant a huge loss both financially and otherwise, the general mood in the BCCI is to take action for their abrupt move," the Hindu newspaper quoted Shivlal Yadav as saying.
"Since the pull out happened on the Indian tour, we will be moving the Court of Law here in India. Our legal counsel is on the job."
International media reports have bandied around figures of up to US$65 million, which the BCCI could claim in losses.
"The figures are quite clear. The BCCI is getting more than (US$6.5 million) per match from television broadcasters. There will be a huge loss to the BCCI because of WICB's decision," the senior Indian official explained.
"From a personal point of view, it is sad that these unfortunate developments have taken place given the fact that over the years the BCCI and the WICB have had a cordial relationship," Shivlal Yadav said. "But again, there is a thin dividing line when some concrete measures have to be taken when something goes awry."