WICB apologises for west indies cutting off the tour
West Indies Cricket Board selection committee chairman and former Captain of West Indies cricket team Clive Lloyd apologised for the Caribbean teams decision to pull out of remaining tour of India, due to payment dispute with WICB. The WICB and West Indies Players’ Association signed a new agreement last month covering pay and conditions but it was rejected by the senior players, including one-day captain Dwayne Bravo who said they were kept in the dark.
“I would like to apologise for West Indies team aborting the India tour. It is a mistake on the part of players to have the left the tour in between,” Llyod, captain of West Indies’ 1975 and 1979 World Cup-winning teams, said at the ‘Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket’ conclave at a city hotel.
“We have great affection and love for Indian people and I hope that this will not affect our future relations. I hope the damage is not irreparable,” said Llyod, who was with the West Indies team in India for the tour.
BCCI announced earlier that WICB has decided to cut off their tour after the fourth One-Day international played in Dharamsala. WICB apologised to its Indian counterpart as well as sponsors, broadcasters and more over fans.
The WICB said it had offered BCCI to provide a replacement team but Indian board refused to accept their proposal. The BCCI announced Sri Lanka had stepped in to fill the void and will play a five-match one-day series in India next month.