The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) appears set to use the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Executive Board’s meeting in Dubai on November 10 to extend an olive branch to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The WICB president Dave Cameron will meet ICC chairman N. Srinivasan on November 9 to apologise for the fiasco of the West Indies recent abandonment of the India tour.
Reports are that the WICB is also expected to request that the BCCI settle the matter amicably instead of pursuing legal options that could see the WICB liable to financial penalties in excess of $40 million. While indications are that the BCCI is open to dialogue some members are reportedly incensed after discovering that Cameron was in Dubai at the time of the growing impasse but failed to travel to India.
Some members of the BCCI reportedly described Cameron’s approach as “lackadaisical”.
Only this week Jamaican batsman and a member of the touring party, Marlon Samuels, was also critical of Cameron, stating he should have travelled to India after trouble started to brew on the tour.
Meanwhile chair of the ICC executive committee Wally Edwards has acknowledged that the BCCI was “extremely disappointed” at the abandonment of the tour but added he could not foresee West Indies being bankrupted by the withdrawal of subcontinental support via the television revenue to be gained from India tours of the Caribbean.
He said the salvaging of West Indies’ next scheduled tour –– to South Africa –– would be the first priority at the ICC board meeting.
“I don’t believe they will be lost, I can’t imagine that,” Edwards said. “They’ve had disputes before, they’ve had ongoing rumblings there for quite a while, and I feel confident they will get resolved. I don’t ever see a system where the world will all put a player pool together and everyone gets the same amount, that’s not possible. I don’t think ICC will be delving into those sorts of issues.”