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Damage Can Be Repaired - WICB

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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are hopeful that they can maintain healthy relations with the BCCI
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has issued a statement following an emergency meeting of its Board of Directors in the wake of its recently abandoned tour of India.

Following a dispute over pay, the West Indies team headed home last week with a One-Day International, a Twenty20 International and three Tests still to play.

Earlier today, the Indian board (BCCI) said it would initiate legal proceedings against WICB and suspend bilateral tours with the West Indies.

The WICB's Board of Directors met and have issued a statement in which they express "sorrow" for the "premature and unfortunate end" to the tour.

They now plan to do four things - review the abandonment, request a meeting with the BCCI, schedule a debrief with the team management and assure Cricket South Africa (CSA) that the upcoming tour will go ahead as scheduled.

The West Indies are due to tour South Africa for three Tests, three Twenty20s and five One-Day Internationals in December and January.

"In light of the longstanding good relationship between WICB and BCCI, which goes back decades and has produced numerous mutual benefits, the WICB looks forward to meeting with the BCCI to discuss these decisions which can have serious implications for West Indies cricket," the statement added.
"WICB believes that a way can be found to repair the damage that has been caused and to ensure that similar events do not recur, with the focus being on the betterment of West Indies and world cricket."

India's next tour to the West Indies is not scheduled until 2016 and Sri Lanka have agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India in November.

That leaves the WICB, the West Indies Players' Association and the players themselves a little under two months to work out a way forward before a squad leaves for South Africa and then makes preparations for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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