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WICB Confirms Threat Of Strike Action

West Indies players celebrate
The West Indies are playing the first ODI but for a time the game was under threat
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The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed that West Indies players were threatening strike action ahead of the One-Day International series in India.

The series is due to get underway in Kochi later today (8th October) before four more matches are played.

However, with West Indies players unhappy and having reported their concerns to the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), it is believed some threatened to make themselves unavailable for selection.

"The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic CBA/MOU," a statement from the board said.

The board went on to apologise to fans, the Indian board (BCCI) and stakeholders should the opening game of the series be interrupted.

This is not the first time that players and the board have clashed.

In 2009, talks between WICB and WIPA broke down and a number of players went on strike, leading to a weakened team being beaten at home by Bangladesh, before settlement was finally reached.

Other players have also subsequently found themselves at odds with the board, notably Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, who all turned down contracts in 2010.

All three have since returned to the fold.

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