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ICC Criticises West Indies Withdrawal

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An ICC statement suggests that players going on strike could lose out on franchise contracts
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) says its Member Boards consider the West Indies' recent withdrawal from a tour of India due to player action as "extremely disruptive, damaging and unacceptable".

Last month's tour of India was cut short due to a dispute between the West Indies players, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA).

Negotiations between those three parties continue while the Indian board (BCCI) has suspended bilateral tours between India and the West Indies and issued a claim for $US 42 million in compensation.

And an ICC statement released today strongly condemns the actions of the players, and warns that any future repeat could have serious consequences for players.

"All Member Boards collectively expressed the view that they consider such player action to be extremely disruptive, damaging and unacceptable," the ICC said.
 
"Players who behave in a similar manner in the future will not only risk breaching the disciplinary rules of the relevant Member Board and being sanctioned accordingly, but may also put in jeopardy their ability to conclude future contractual arrangements with domestic franchises or clubs in other jurisdictions."

As the West Indies tour drew to its premature close, some reports claimed that the players involved would be denied future Indian Premier League contracts before this was denied.

However, the wording of the ICC's statement above suggests that players could indeed be prevented from playing in leagues around the world if they effectively go on strike while on international duty.

ICC Chairman N Srinivasan added: "It was undoubtedly a sad chapter in our sport. It damaged cricket’s integrity and reputation, as well as affecting confidence within the cricket community, especially that of the fans.

"The ICC Board was determined to address this situation and ensure such incidents never happen again.
 
"The ICC is working with the concerned Members towards finding a positive resolution and is confident that there will be constructive outcomes for our game."

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