ICC slams WI for pull out of India tour

Wednesday 17th December 2014 06:49 EST

Terming the controversial pull out by West Indies midway their India tour as “unacceptable,” the International Cricket Council warned players against taking contractual matters into their own hands and hinted that they could be penalised by disallowing them to play in domestic tournaments like the Indian Premier League if they repeat such acts in future.
The West Indies team left India four matches into a five-game ODI series after a pay dispute between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board, with a Twenty20 international and three Tests to play. As a result, the Board of Control for Cricket in India have demanded $42 million in compensation and damages. ICC said in a statement that the pull out by the West Indies team damaged cricket's integrity and reputation.
“It was undoubtedly a sad chapter in our sport. It damaged cricket's integrity and reputation as well as affecting confidence within cricket community, especially that of fans,” said ICC chairman N Srinivasan after the crisis was discussed during the world body's two-day board meeting. “ICC and all of its Member Boards noted with deep disappointment the recent decision of the West Indies players to abandon an international tour without fulfilling the contractually agreed playing obligations between WICB and BCCI,” said ICC, which has previously stated it cannot intervene in disputes over bilateral series unless it receives a complaint.
“Putting aside the legitimacy or otherwise of any grievances of parties involved (and which are now the subject of a domestic Task Force probe), ICC and all Member Boards noted that players abandoning tours have the potential to cause irrevocable damage to the sport. `It can also damage in jurisdiction of relevant Member Board concerned, as well as enormous financial damage, which might adversely affect financial viability of sport itself.”
All Member Boards collectively expressed the view that they consider such player action to be extremely disruptive, damaging and unacceptable,” ICC said.

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