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West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine. Seen here the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine

The administrators met yesterday. And now it’s the turn of the players to put their heads together.
In a move of strength and unity, embattled West Indies players will meet in Trinidad and Tobago in an emergency meeting with West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine.

A cricketing source close to senior West Indies players informed the DAILY NATION that the players, including senior members, were scheduled to meet with Ramnarine.

The WIPA and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) are currently in a see-saw battle concerning match and tour contracts for players, as well as salary payments after recent successful tours.

The WICB rejected WIPA’s request for a meeting with, or without a mediator to solve the confusion, unless the Players’ Association was willing to review a particular clause of the offered contract.

Now the players are taking matters into their own hands.

“The meeting between the players will be used simply to seek further advice regarding the current impasse, and to make suggestions regarding what direction the players should go in the middle of the standoff,” the source said.

He said the players involved were eager to get the matter amicably resolved, and get to their training camp, scheduled to start on Monday.

“The players want a resolution to these problems as soon as possible, and that’s why they have been summoned by Ramnarine.”

The president and chief executive officer of WIPA is the sole bargaining agent for members of WIPA, which isn’t restricted to West Indies players, but all regional islands who play in territories governed by the West Indies Cricket Board.

The source said that the players, though hoping to have the matter resolved as quickly as possible, still believed it was imperative that several pending issues be solved before any contracts were signed.

The WICB still does not have a retainer contract with any player inspite of prolonged negotiations on the matter, and this latest impasse started over a week ago, when Ramnarine urged the 25 players called not to sign contracts until the matter was solved.

The proposed three- appointed Australian coach Bennett King and his deputy was to precede the West Indies’ tour of Australia next month to participate in the VB One-Day series.

Along with the current impasse, the players will also discuss the issue of using international cricketing agents to bargain with the WICB.

Compliments of the Nation News


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