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West Indies Quit India Tour over Pay Dispute

West-IndiesWest Indies have reportedly pulled out of the India tour, with the fourth ODI in Dharamsala today being the last of a truncated series.

The players were involved in a pay dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board and both parties had failed to find a way to resolve their differences.

The teams will not play the fifth ODI, one-off T20 International and the three-Test series.

According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India will sue WICB over losses suffered due to their players’ decision to discontinue the tour.

Sri Lanka have agreed to India’s invitation of playing a five-match ODI series between November 1-15.

The BCCI is not happy with the way WICB has handled the situation and the issue will be taken up in a meeting with the ICC.

“They have withdrawn their team and this (development) has come abruptly. We received an e-mail from Richie Richardson, the West Indies team manager, only this morning,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said.

Meanwhile, the West Indies players will fly back home at their own expense and they will not be compensated for their flight tickets. The current players, led by ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, are unhappy over a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the West Indies players association with the Board.

Before the first ODI in Kochi, the Caribbeans had threatened to pull out of the series since their new contracts could see a reduction in wages up to 75 per cent. However, the Bravo-led outfit relented just in time and went on to win the opening ODI by 124 runs.

Bravo was angry with West Indies Players Association chief Wavell Hinds. He said Hinds had “hoodwinked” them by agreeing to the new contracts without taking the players into confidence.

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