BCCI to file lawsuit against WICB
HYDERABAD, India (CMC): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that it would "initiate legal proceedings" against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as the fallout continues following the sudden and dramatic pull-out by the senior West Indies cricketers from their tour of the subcontinent.
The BCCI also disclosed yesterday that all bilateral tours by India to the West Indies have been suspended, even as the WICB was also meeting in an emergency session in Barbados to discuss the ramifications of the decision by the players.
India were expected to play five series against West Indies in the next eight years, including four visits to the Caribbean.
"The BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour," it said in a statement after meeting in the southern city of Hyderabad.
"All bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended."
The BCCI release made no specific mention of any claim for damages, but reports suggest that the BCCI suffered a loss of up to US$65 million as a result of the pull out.
The West Indies followed through with threats to quit the tour after the fourth one-day international in Dharamsala last Friday, with one more ODI, a Twenty20 and three Tests remaining.
"The members appreciated the gesture of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for having accepted our request to play five ODIs starting from 2nd of November 2014, at such a short notice," the BCCI statement said.
"This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year, which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in the months of July/August 2015."
West Indies players are disgruntled over a change in their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the WICB, which they claim results in a drastic reduction in their earnings.
While on tour, they lobbied their union, the West Indies Players' Association, for a change to the agreement and also threatened to withdraw their services if no resolution was forthcoming.