DELHI: West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have confirmed their decision to pull out of the ongoing India tour and their players will return after the end of the fourth One Day International at Dharamsala.
The defending World Champions were scheduled to feature in a bilateral series, which included five ODI’s, one T20 and three test matches. However, internal dispute between the board and the West Indies players forced the visitors to abruptly end the ongoing tour.
“BCCI shocked and surprised at WICB’s decision to cancel the ongoing tour of India,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel explained.
“The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has informed the BCCI of its decision to cancel the rest of its ongoing tour to India because of a dispute with its players, and has advised the BCCI that its players will return home immediately.”
“The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB. The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved.”
“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 wishes to inform all its stakeholders, especially ardent fans of the Indian cricket team, that this is a unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players, in spite of several appeals to the WICB to honour its commitment and complete the series.”
“The BCCI will pursue all options available to protect its rights, whilst seeking appropriate action from the ICC to ensure that its interests and those of the game at large will not suffer any damage due to such acts of indiscretion,” he added.