West Indies End India Tour Over Pay Dispute
Team West Indies have pulled out of their India tour after a day of confusion and conflicting statements from both sides.
India’s board said it was “shocked and disappointed” after being told by the West Indies board that its players would be leaving after Friday’s one-day game because of a pay dispute. The West Indies board initially denied making a decision to end the tour but later confirmed the news. India will instead play Sri Lanka in a five-match one-day series in November.India led West Indies 2-1 in the ODI series after their 59-run win in the fourth match in Dharamsala on Friday. The teams were scheduled to play one more ODI, a one-off Twenty20 international and three Tests.
Captain Dwayne Bravo said after Friday’s game that the tour had ended and all-rounder Darren Sammy later tweeted: “Honey I’m coming home.” The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) released a statement on Facebook saying that Bravo had informed them “the players have taken a decision to withdraw their services for the remainder of the tour of India”.
The WICB offered to field a replacement team for the remainder of the tour but said that “was not considered acceptable” by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The WICB apologised to West Indies fans, cricket fans and the BCCI for this “most regrettable situation”. The confusion started on Friday morning when the BCCI released a statement saying that the WICB had called off the tour. “The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long-standing relations between the BCCI and the WICB,” the BCCI said.