Barbados - West Indies captain Darren Sammy
has called for mediation to settle a contractual dispute that threatens to
wreck the team's chances of winning next month's World Twenty20.
With the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
standing firm in its stance that players must sign the offered contract by
Sunday or be replaced, Sammy's position could open the door to a resolution.
It is the clearest indication yet that
Sammy's 15-man squad does not want to boycott the World Twenty20, which starts
in India on March 8.
"As captain of the (Twenty20) team, I
wish that we can settle this matter and focus on preparations for the
tournament," Sammy wrote in a letter to WICB chief executive Michael
"I want to state on behalf of the
players that we want to play and will represent the West Indies to the best of
Sammy said mediation was the best way to
settle the matter, if the board would not "consider our request to double
the match fees (of $6 900), share 50 percent of sponsorship fees and award 100
percent of prize money to players."
This came after Muirhead confirmed to
Reuters that the WICB selection panel, chaired by Clive Lloyd, was mandated to
select a new team if the current squad, which includes Chris Gayle and Dwayne
Bravo, did not sign by Sunday's deadline.
Sammy, who referenced the fiasco of the
abandoned Indian tour in 2014 after a similar row over contracts, said it was
the "arrogance and high-handedness of the board" which had caused the
"You cannot continue (to) force
players to be represented by a body that they are not members of and do not
want to represent them," he said, adding that 14 of the 15 players in the
squad were not members of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
WIPA is the exclusive collecting bargaining
agency for West Indies players.
"Any issues you or a particular group
of players may have with the representation you receive from your association
are best taken up with WIPA," Muirhead told Sammy via email.
West Indies won the 2012 World Twenty20 in
Sri Lanka and are currently ranked the second in the world in the format.