Cape Town – The tottering West Indies summer tour of South
Africa appears to have received a welcome shot in the arm at the weekend.
Reports from the Caribbean suggest a meeting aimed at
solving the contracts dispute which saw West Indies sensationally abandon their
one-day international tour of India in mid-roster, had a “positive” outcome
although any official confirmation was still awaited.
The Kingston-based Jamaica Gleaner newspaper (http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141103/sports/sports1.html)
said on Monday that feuding factions had reached a resolution.
It quoted St Vincent Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who
chaired the talks, as saying that “very good progress” had been made.
“I think that on the basis of the discussions, we have the
framework and the modalities for the resolution of the issues and for cricket
Of particularly heartening interest to South Africans, he
added: “I fully expect that the best team will be in South Africa representing
There had been earlier speculation that a weakened West
Indies side might be sent, omitting the 14 first-choice squad members who quit
India early, incurring the wrath of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI) which is seeking US$42-million in compensation from its Caribbean
equivalent body, the WICB.
The West Indies are due to be the Proteas’ lone incoming
opponents in the 2014/15 season, ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and
New Zealand from February.
Their programme includes three Tests, three Twenty20 internationals
and five ODIs.
The importance of the Caribbean outfit bringing the cream of
their personnel was only emphasised on Sunday as several top-line West Indies
players, representing South African franchises in the domestic T20
opening-round triple-header at the Wanderers, lit up the day.
Especially on song were Kieron Pollard for the Cape Cobras
(72 not out and 3/22) and the Lions’ major acquisition Chris Gayle (4/36 and
*A Cricket South Africa spokesperson told Sport24 that CEO
Haroon Lorgat was on a flight to Dubai and comment on the Windies peace talks
would only be available later on Monday or on Tuesday.
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