Cape Town - The West Indies cricket team have abandoned their tour of India
following an internal dispute and will fly home after Friday's fourth
One Day International, the Indian board (BCCI) said.
Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association
signed a new agreement last month covering pay and conditions but it was
rejected by the senior players, including one-day captain Dwayne Bravo
who claimed they were kept in the dark and demanded WIPA chief Wavell
The players subsequently issued a strike
threat but eventually took to field and were playing the fourth ODI at
Dharamsala when an angry BCCI confirmed the abrupt end to the tour,
which also included a fifth one-dayer, a Twenty20 International and
three test matches.
"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," BCCI secretary
Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
It was a rare sight on Friday as
Bravo turned up for the toss with the entire team accompanying him in
what looked like a show of strength.
"My team is standing behind
me, it's been a tough situation... it's time we have to make a decision,"
said the 31-year-old all-rounder.
The abrupt withdrawal, however, angered the world's richest cricket board with the BCCI flaying the "unilateral" decision.
"The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB," Patel said.
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."
Patel said the Indian board made several appeals to the WICB to honour its commitment and complete the tour.
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.
India is likely to invite neighbours Sri Lanka for a ODI series next month.