ICC steps in to resolve contract dispute WICB and WIPA
St John`s (Antigua): The ICC has decided to step in and sort out the long-standing contract dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and its players` association.
Meetings have been scheduled between the ICC and FICA (Federation of International Cricketers` Associations) from June 10 to 13 in Barbados, where they will act as mediators and seek to resolve the issue of contracts and the running of West Indies cricket through negotiations.
"The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) wish to advise all stakeholders of West Indies cricket that they will be meeting to discuss the terms and conditions, which could result in a mutually agreeable, revised Collective Bargaining Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between the parties," a joint statement said.
The ICC will be represented by its General Manager of Cricket Dave Richardson and acting head of Legal Ian Higgins.
Tim May, the FICA chief executive, will represent his organisation.
"The joint mediation team has established guidelines for the process, one of which is strict confidentiality, and both the WICB and WIPA have agreed to adhere to those guidelines," the statement said.
Dinanath Ramnarine, the former West Indies Players` Association president and chief executive, who resigned from his post in March this year, is likely to be present at the meetings.
WICB was forced to field a second-string side when the impasse reached its height in 2009, when several senior members of the team boycotted the home series against Bangladesh.