WICB Confirm India Tour Abandoned
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have ended a dramatic day of claim and counter-claim by confirming that its players will return home as their tour of India has been cut short.
A dispute between the players, led by captain Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the WICB over pay has overshadowed the series from the start.
An Indian board statement expressed shock and surprise at the decision, attributed to the WICB, who then claimed they had made no decision to end the tour.
However, while their latest statement confirms the tour is over - the BCCI did not accept an offer of a weakened team being sent to fulfil the remaining five fixtures - it clearly states that the players have withdrawn their services.
"The WICB clarifies that players in the West Indies Squad currently in India represented by Mr. Dwayne Bravo indicated to the WICB through the West Indies Team Management that the players have taken a decision to withdraw their services for the remainder of the tour of India," it read.
"As a result of this action by the players the WICB was left with no option but to advise the BCCI that it will no longer be able to provide a West Indies team for the remaining five matches (5th ODI, T20 International, three Test matches).
"The WICB wishes to further clarify that its proposed alternative arrangement of a replacement West Indies team was not considered acceptable. The WICB is understanding of this position."
The statement goes on to apologise to cricket fans around the world as well as the BCCI and confirm a board meeting will be held on 21st October - the same day that the BCCI will also meet to discuss its next moves.
The statement is also critical of Bravo's conduct.
"The WICB further regrets that in his initial communication to the WIPA President and CEO Mr. Hinds, Mr. Bravo chose to use inflammatory language and issue a clear threat to cause injury to West Indies cricket.
"Specifically Mr. Bravo wrote: 'Please note that we are giving you the opportunity to right this wrong before things deteriorate [sic] to such an extent that West Indies cricket to the wider cricket world looks to fall to its knees again.'
"The WICB reiterates that as a result of the action taken by the players the Board was forced with no other option but to discontinue the tour."
India won the fourth ODI by 59 runs and take a 2-1 series win.
The BCCI, who themselves worked hard to keep the tour on, have already organised a five-match ODI series with Sri Lanka between 1st and 15th November.
The West Indies were due to play the fifth ODI in Kolkata, a Twenty20 International and then three Tests before heading to South Africa and then next year's World Cup.
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