Cricket with West Indies Suspended By BCCI
The recent pull out of the West Indies cricketers in the middle of their tour to India, owing to payment disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board, has not gone well with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The working committee of the BCCI held an emergency meeting to decide on this pull out and it has unanimously decided to suspend all the bilateral ties with the WICB with immediate effect.
The pullout of the West Indies cricketers in the middle of the tour has left BCCI to face heavy financial losses and the unanimous decision to cut bilateral ties with WICB was taken under an hour into the meeting. The West Indies players, though, have been spared from any repercussions for pulling out of the tour mid way and they are allowed to play in the cash rich Indian Premier League next year. The Board members felt that the WI players were not to be blamed for the entirely for the recent fiasco that took place in India. BCCI has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the WICB for this incident and the quantum of damages has not been clarified by the BCCI in their statement.
The Board has also decided to take necessary steps to minimize the losses of the associations that missed out on a game due to the sudden pull out of the West Indian cricketers. The Board also appreciated the Sri Lankan cricket Board for accepting the invitation of the BCCI to play five match one-day series against India starting on November 2nd at a short notice.
Cuttack, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Ranchi are the five places where the India -Sri Lanka one day series will be held. By organizing this tour at such short notice, the BCCI will be saving a lot of money that it would have faced due to the pull out of the West Indies cricketers suddenly. The BCCI working committee has also agreed that the Indian team will visit Sri Lanka in July – August 2015 to reciprocate for the gesture shown by the Sri Lankan cricket board.