The fate of West Indies cricket is clearly in jeopardy after the abrupt termination of their India tour. If the crisis is not resolved soon, even their participation in the upcoming World Cup will be in doubt.
Former captain and West Indies Cricket Board selection committee chairman Clive Lloyd on Saturday apologised for the Caribbean team's unprecedented move to pull out of remainder of India tour in the wake of an acrimonious pay dispute with WICB, saying that it was a mistake on the part of the players to have done so.
Reacting angrily to the West Indies' pull out, BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur today severely criticized WICB's decision to call its players back midway from the tour and said that the Indian board should cut all ties with the Caribbean team.
Shocked at the sudden pull out of the West Indies team from the India tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) swung into action today by calling an emergency working committee meeting on October 21 in Hyderabad to discuss the issue.
In what seems to be a jolt to the Caribbean players, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has made it clear that it will have a dialogue with only the national players association (WIPA) to solve the ongoing pay dispute.
Disgruntled with its Players Association due to an ongoing pay dispute, the West Indian team has sought the Cricket Board's "urgent intervention" to dissolve the body as it no longer had the "authority to speak" on the side's behalf.
A cloud of doubt hung over the series between India and the West Indies after the visiting team threatened to go on strike over an acrimonious pay dispute, which has prompted the aggrieved players to take "appropriate action" if needed.
The West Indies cricket team on Tuesday skipped its final pre-match practice session and the press conference that was to follow, creating quite a stir ahead of the first One-day International against India here on Wednesday.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn will be replacing mystery bowler Sunil Narine, who has been was withdrawn from the tour of India following his "illegal" bowling action reported during the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson today came out in full support of mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who has been barred from playing the Champions League T20 final for a suspect illegal bowling action, saying he will return as an even better bowler.
Indian cricket team's bench strength will be tested when the Manoj Tiwary-led India A take on West Indies in first of the two warm-up one dayers, which will mark the beginning of Caribbean team's one and half month long tour.
West Indies and Bangladesh commence a three-match One-Day International series at the Queen`s Park Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday with the home side heavily favoured to extend the tourists` miserable record in 2014.