WICB apologise to BCCI for cancelled tour

The West Indies Cricket Board have released an apologetic statement about the cancelled tour to India, essentially begging the BCCI to reconsider their stance, after the Indian board suspended all action between the sides.

The Windies pulled out of their tour to India in the middle of the ODI series due to a player salary dispute, and the BCCI were furious, suspending all future bilateral series. Sri Lanka stepped in to fill the breach later this month.

But now the Windies have managed to annoy the most powerful board in cricket, and the one that essentially controls who plays whom and when, and have asked for understanding rather than further censure.

The statement read: “The West Indies Cricket Board regrets, and is deeply embarrassed by the premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of India.

“The WICB once again expresses to the BCCI and all stakeholders – especially the cricket-loving public of the West Indies and India – sorrow for the events leading up to this development.

“In light of the long-standing good relationship between WICB and BCCI, which goes back decades and has produced numerous mutual benefits, the WICB looks forward to meeting with the BCCI to discuss these decisions which can have serious implications for West Indies cricket.

“WICB believes that a way can be found to repair the damage that has been caused and to ensure that similar events do not recur, with the focus being on the betterment of West Indies and world cricket.

“The WICB thanks all stakeholders, particularly the ICC, BCCI, their broadcasters and sponsors for their patience and understanding in this matter and looks forward to the continuation of a strong relationship between our boards.”

The above was in reaction to the BCCI’s very brief yet annoyed statement, and with the BCCI essentially controlling the tours programme, the WICB were desperate to negate this short missive:

“1. BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour.

“2. All Bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended.”