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Richardson Has Not Been Sacked - WICB

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The WICB appear confident that resolution will be found ahead of the tour to South Africa
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have released a statement saying that despite media reports to the contrary, team manager Richie Richardson has not been sacked.

"The WICB wishes to make it explicitly clear that contrary to media reports, Sir Richie Richardson has not been removed as Team Manager of the West Indies Team," it read.

Following meetings via teleconference of the board of directors, the board says that they will decide next week on which dates squads for the West Indies' upcoming tour of South Africa will be named.

Last month, the team abandoned its tour of India early following a dispute between the players and the board over pay.

The Indian board (BCCI) subsequently suspended bilateral tours between the two countries and issued a claim for compensation to the tune of $US 42 million.

"The WICB confirms receipt of a letter from the BCCI," the statement said.

"The WICB will continue to use its best endeavours to meet with the BCCI to discuss all relevant matters pertaining to the premature end to the tour of India.

"The WICB respects the decisions of the BCCI but continues to trust that discussions can result in a mutually agreeable resolution."

It also revealed that WICB President Dave Cameron met with One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo, West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) representatives and Test captain Denesh Ramdin.

The board then sent a draft statement to the attorneys representing WIPA and the players and is awaiting a response.

Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines facilitated the meeting.

"The WICB thanks the Honourable Prime Ministers for their interest in and facilitation of this matter and looks forward to their continued support and that of CARICOM with regard to the response to the communique from the BCCI," the statement said.

The WICB have also confirmed that the members of the task force which will investigate the pullout of the tour of India are Michael Gordon QC, who will act as chairman, Sir Wes Hall and Dennis Lalor.

A team management debrief will take place on 11th November.

The West Indies are due to tour South Africa where they will play three Tests, three Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs in December and January.

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