WIPA & WICB Reach Amicable Settlement
The stand-off between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) appears to be at an end after a joint statement was released stating that they had ended their dispute.
A statement posted on the WIPA website (www.wiplayers.com) revealed that Dr. Julian Hunte (WICB) and Dinanath Ramnarine (WIPA) had resolved matters after a three-day meeting. The West Indies has been forced to play an under-strength team after a number of their first-choice cricketers made themselves unavailable due to disputes over contracts and pay.
They were beaten in both Tests and One-Day Internationals by Bangladesh before losing all three matches at the ICC Champions Trophy with a side captained by Floyd Reifer and including a handful of experienced internationals.
"WIPA and WICB have announced that all outstanding matters in dispute between the two bodies have been settled amicably," the statement read.
"Resolution of the matters in dispute was reached after a three day meeting between Dr. Julian Hunte and Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine.
"Only two outstanding matters - the issue regarding the India 2009 Tour and the issue of 'Team Rights' – will be referred to a special arbitration process as set out in the recommendations of the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub Committee on Cricket given on the 11th September 2009 and agreed to by the WICB and WIPA.
"In addition, the WICB and the WIPA agreed to commence negotiations on or before October 15th 2009 with respect to a new long term MOU/CBA agreement between the parties, with a commitment towards its finalization by December 31st 2009, at the latest.
"Both parties are pleased that the Agreement reached creates an environment to engage in building a genuine partnership that can ensure the long term development and progress of West Indies cricket."
The West Indies' next engagement is a tour of Australia and there had been some speculation that had the crisis continued, the West Indies might lose the hosting rights for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
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