NEW DELHI, India – Just over a year after letting the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) off the hook with a multi-million dollar debt, Indian cricket authorities are hopping mad that the WICB has not supported them in the restructuring of cricket’s governance processes.
Factions of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) have now called for pressure to be brought to bear on the WICB for its lack of support in the recent vote regarding the International Cricket Council’s new governance structure and revenue sharing model.
At an ICC Board meeting in Dubai last month, the BCCI found itself standing alone as nine other countries voted in support of the governance structure. On the contentious revenue sharing model, India found support only from the Sri Lankan Board, as they lost 8-2 on the vote.
Sections of the BCCI now want joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to speak to WICB president Dave Cameron about the recent ICC votes, as there is a belief the Caribbean board was not held accountable enough for the decision of the one-day side to abruptly abandon the tour to India three years ago.
“We let the West Indies Cricket Board go scot-free back in 2014 after they pulled out midway,” a senior BCCI official, who requested anonymity, told the Press Trust of India.
“We claimed damages of US$42 million but that was also waived by Shashank Manohar after he became the BCCI president for the second time. Now they (WICB) have also voted against us at ICC Board. We need to look at these aspects.”
The BCCI suspended bilateral ties with West Indies and also lodged the multi-million dollar claim against the WICB back in November, 2014, after the Dwayne Bravo-led team walked off the tour earlier the same month following the fourth ODI. The action stemmed from a players pay dispute with the board.
However, the matter was settled amicably following talks between the WICB and the new Manohar-led BCCI, with the entities agreeing to future bilateral tours.
Last year in announcing the resumption of cricketing tours between the two, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur acknowledged the good relationship that existed between West Indies and India.
“We recognise that West Indies has a huge role to play in the development of cricket and we are happy to support their endeavours. This tour will further strengthen the bond between the Indian and the West Indian fans, who have over the years patronised this glorious game of cricket,” Thakur said then.
Manohar had also then acknowledged the deleterious effect to West Indies cricket if India had insisted on the WICB honouring the compensation claim for the abandoned tour. Last year WICB president Dave Cameron in expressing his board’s delight at India’s decision to waive their claim, had thanked the BCCI for resuming ties and noted West Indies cricket appreciated the support of the BCCI.
Only yesterday, the BCCI confirmed India’s six-match limited overs tour of the Caribbean starting next month, but the senior BCCI official said the only entity benefitting from the arrangement was the WICB.
“There has to be some discussions with Cameron and WICB as to what their viewpoint is on governance,” the official continued.
“In any case, it’s the WICB which gains if we go [on the tour]. Before the ICC Annual Conference, it would be great if Amitabh speaks to their cricket board.”
India toured the Caribbean last year for four Tests and also played West Indies in a two-match Twenty20 series in Florida.