CRICKET: Task Force says blame to be shared for ill-fated tour of India
The high level task force, commissioned by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to investigating the ill-fated recent tour of India says all parties were all at fault.
In the report submitted to the WICB at the weekend, the task force said while the board and West Indies Players Union (WIPA) had erred significantly in their administration of the new Memorandum of Understanding, the players should shoulder a significant proportion of the blame for the abandoned tour.
The task force, headed by Michael Gordon QC and including ex-WICB president Sir Wes Hall and prominent Barbadian attorney Sir Richard Cheltenham, also laid out eight recommendations aimed at preventing a repeat of the debacle.
This follows a month-long investigation of the crisis which stemmed from the one-day team’s decision to walk off the tour of India, in a contracts dispute with WIPA and the WICB.
West Indies players on tour contended the new Memorandum of Understanding would have resulted in a reduction of up to 70 per cent of their earnings and asked for the agreement to be revised.
When this did not occur, they quit the tour following the fourth One-Day International in Dharamsala.
The report also said ODI captain and players representative Dwayne Bravo was aware of the imminent arrival in India of a joint WICB/WIPA delegation.
This, the task force said, led them to believe there were other factors which influenced the decision to abandon the tour.
The WICB said it was studying the report and would make an announcement in due course.
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