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Score : WIPA – 5 WICB – 0
by Marcus Bethel
Jun 22, 2007
Seems not only Chris Gayle, West Indies cricket captain for the One-day series in England and Ireland is displeased with the handling of tour arrangements by the West Indies Cricket Board, as the arbitration panel headed by Sir David Simmons also ruled against the WICB way of conducting business.

It is the fifth straight time that the West Indies Players association has won against the Board over contract negotiations. “We conclude that the parties before, and for at least three months after signing the Memorandum Of Understanding, conducted their dealings on the assumption that the tour was outside the Future Tours Programme (FTP),” the arbitration read. According to the panel, the board had agreed in mid-January that the tour was outside the FTP, later making an about turn. Unfortunately for everyone, it is the cricket and the board itself that needs an about turn as we seek better results for the Caribbean team. WIPA president, former West Indies player, Dinanath Ramnarine, though once again pleased with the outcome said, “We are saddened, however, about the fact that despite the clarity of the agreements, much time and money have been expended in having matters resolved through the costly arbitration procedure.” The board will be wishing they still had that money as they have now to negotiate contracts for the ongoing tour involving the additional One-day series in Ireland – which may be optional to players.

Chris Gayle finally broke his long silence over the board’s inadequate handling of travel arrangements for Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons and Austin Richards Jr., the latest addition to the One-day squad, also using the opportunity to address the recent row with the boards attempt to veto the selectors’ decision to instate him as one-day captain. “Its disappointing that we are struggling to find players to turn out … not having the guys here in England already and ready to play,” Gayle told Cricinfo. West Indies or “West Indians” temporarily drafted seven players in K.A. Edwards, R.M.R Brathwaite, M.A. Richards, E.A Crandon, A.P. Richardson, along with recent rejects Jerome Taylor and Sylvester Joseph, in order to field a team against England Lions in Worcester on Thursday.

Regarding the last stint over the choice of captain and the circumstances surrounding the Gayle’s appointment, it already seems impossible to keep the stench out of the field of play. It’s really hard to rally round our guys when they’re in the midst of so much controversy. If we feel this way as fans, we only have to put ourselves in the guys’ shoes to begin to understand what’s been happening with West Indies cricket. In this regard I ask those who the cap fits to draw the string, allowing only those without sin to cast stones.

 
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