Ties between West Indian cricketers and officials have continued to come under strain and have now led to the announcement that the players will leave their current tour of India without fulfilling all of their fixtures.
Disagreements over pay have come to the boil and resulted in a situation that leaves fans with the prospect of even less Test match cricket over the coming months. The Windies will leave after playing the fourth ODI against India in Dharamsala this Friday. But the side were originally scheduled to also play a T20 tie, followed by a three-match Test series.
Sri Lanka have stepped in to fill the void left by the West Indies’ premature departure. They will play a five-game ODI series against India instead, with the dates for the fixtures still to be announced.
The Caribbean islanders came close to pulling out of the ODI series before it had even begun. Amongst reports that they were set to take a massive pay cut, the side turned out to beat India by an astounding 124 runs in the opening match.
But off-field discussions have continued between West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo and former Test opener Wavell Hinds, who is the President of the West Indies Players Association.
This all follows a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ agreement that was signed by the players on September 19th and which they feel will leave them earning less money.
Emails have been sent between the WIPA and the players as the dispute continued to grow, with Bravo even appealing to the West Indies Cricket Board and calling for the resignation of Hinds.
And it was announced during play of the third ODI against India that the West Indian team would be returning home after Friday’s game in Dharamsala.
It means that the team will forego the T20 and three-Test series that was organised against India, which has not pleased the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
West Indian cricket fans will be hoping that all parties can come to some form of agreement before the team embark on a three Test, three T20 and five ODI tour of South Africa in December.
Instead of contesting a Test series, India will now play five one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in November.
The two teams are both ranked in the top four in the world in the 50-over game, and will provide stern assessments of one another that should help preparations for next year’s World Cup.