ICC ‘concerned’ but not getting involved

The International Cricket Council have finally weighed in on the dispute between India and the West Indies, saying they are ‘concerned’ about the situation and are monitoring it, but aren’t keen to get involved.

The Windies pulled out of their tour to India last week due to a salary dispute, costing the BCCI millions of dollars. As a result, the furious Indian board suspended all bilateral series between the nations, and threatened to sue.

The ICC statement said that they were “concerned with the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), and are closely monitoring the developments arising from the recently cancelled tour of India.

“The ICC hopes that the matter will be resolved amicably, but clarified that, unless the matter is otherwise referred to it, it does not have the power to intervene in disputes resulting from a bilateral FTP tour.

“The ICC added that the matter will be discussed at the ICC Board meeting, which is scheduled for 10 November in Dubai. Until then, the ICC will make no further comment on this matter.”

In the meantime, Sri Lanka have signed up to play a five-match ODI series in India next month, to help the BCCI fill their schedule and recoup some costs.