PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad CMC – The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) yesterday criticised a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) proposal, contending it had failed to address critical issues which required urgent attention.
WIPA was responding to what the WICB described as “a comprehensive broad-based proposal, which speaks to a complete overhaul of all aspects of players salaries” they put to the West Indies players’ union last Thursday.
“As all who have perused it will appreciate the WICB’s document, while outlining a number of broad suggestions, omits so much substantial and significant information and detail that any meaningful engagement on that basis alone is impossible,” a WIPA release said.
“It is hoped that negotiations may continue and resolution of the outstanding issues, which are obviously not covered by this position paper, achieved without further delay.”
Both parties have been at loggerheads over several issues including players’ salaries and recent meetings failed to find a solution to the ongoing problems.
The impasse resulted in a one-day strike by regional players last week and had also put in doubt the staging of Sunday’s fourth One-Day International and the last match against England in St Lucia on Friday, with threats of a Windies players strike.
WIPA said they would continue to review the WICB’s proposal so that future discussions would be productive and lead to a meaningful solution.
“WIPA considers this a position paper prepared by WICB and will respond to the WICB once its advisory team has reviewed the same so that negotiations may be commenced to come up with a comprehensive policy document that can be implemented within a revised structure agreed to by all parties,” the WIPA release stated.
Both parties are aiming to reach a settlement before Friday’s ODI, the last of the five-match series.