India's cricketing governing body, the BCCI, have reacted to the premature ending of the West Indies tour by cancelling all future tours with the West Indies and possibly initiating legal action against the tourists for the loss of earnings and damages incurred.
The West Indies Cricket Board have apologised for the early curtailment of the tour but India are rightly unhappy.
The West Indies players decided to return home due to an ongoing pay dispute with their cricket board of control having played just four ODIs on tour. The Windies were due to
play five ODIs, a T20 international and three Test matches but the rest of the games will now not take place. It took some persuading for the players to take to the field for the fourth ODI.
Luckily India have negotiated a short-notice tour with Sri Lanka who will compete in five ODIs.
Could that be a blessing to both India and Sri Lanka as they are able to fine tune their ODI game ahead of the World Cup next year rather than playing Tests and a T20? Likewise the West Indies will surely fall behind in their preparations because of this. The odds on them
making a challenge for the World Cup in February and March are looking slim every day that the saga drags on.
The BCCI's decision could mean that India's 2016 tour of the West Indies may not take place.
However, that is a long way off and let's hope that the WICB can reach agreement with their players sooner rather than later but the relationship between India and the West Indies has clearly broken down and could take a lot of repairing.
Are the West Indies players right to end their tour if they are to receive a reportedly 75% cut in their earnings? In most walks of life people will strike if they feel that they have been handed an injustice by their employers but because the West Indies are professional sportsmen their decision is magnified and affects more than just themselves and their employers.
Whatever anyone's viewpoint may be the West Indies do need to quickly sort out the pay dispute issues as it is now affecting others in World cricket which should not be the case. Will the ICC, or should they, become involved as this is affecting other nations which they govern?
Certainly the BCCI have taken matters into their own hands and other nations will be quick to distance themselves from arranging tours with the West Indies if the issues are not sorted.
Will the West Indies be able to settle their differences with the WICB before the World Cup next year? Will England's tour of the Caribbean next year go ahead or are the ECB already looking at other alternatives?
There are still many issues to be resolved but they must be resolved quickly for the good of the game.
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