Kohli’s ton seals curtailed series
Virat Kohli celebrates his century against the West Indies in the fourth one-dayer at Dharamsala. BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India October 21 suspended all bilateral ties with the West Indies in response to the touring West Indian players pulling
out of the series with India over a payment dispute with
the West Indies Cricket Board.
The BCCI will also initiate legal proceedings against the
WICB. The decision came after the BCCI’s all-powerful
working committee met in Hyderabad to decide on
whether to impose a freeze on future West Indies tours
and claim damages.
October 18, the BCCI had categorically stated the series
had been called off.
There was uncertainty over the series since the arrival of
the West Indies team.
Though the aggrieved Caribbean players were persuaded to take the field for the fourth one day international at
Dharamsala, they had conveyed their decision to call off
the remaining part of the tour to the BCCI.
They were adamant to withdraw their services as they
were unhappy with the new contracts, offered to them
after landing in India.
As per the new contracts, agreed between the WICB and
the players’ association, the cricketers reportedly suffered
a 75 percent cut in their salaries.
The BCCI issued a statement announcing the end of the
series and said it had roped in Sri Lanka for a five-match
ODI series from November 1 to 14.
‘The BCCI would like to clarify that despite all its
efforts, Micromax Cup India versus West Indies ODI
series has been curtailed because of the ongoing issue
between the WICB and its players, and the withdrawal of
the WI team from the ongoing tour of India,’ Sanjay Patel,
secretary, BCCI said.
‘We have suffered huge losses due to the decision of the
West Indies to pull out of the tour. We are going to claim
all the damages and pursue the matter with International
The ICC released a statement October 22 saying it was
closely following the case and would discuss the dispute
next month but didn’t have the authority to take action
after the West Indies aborted their tour of India.
‘The ICC hopes that the matter will be resolved amica-
bly, 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 tour,’ the ICC said. ‘The
matter will be discussed at the ICC Board meeting, which
is scheduled for November 10 in Dubai. Until then, the
ICC will make no further comment on this matter.’
The WICB held a seven-hour emergency meeting in
Barbados October 21 before apologizing to the BCCI and
asking for further talks.
‘The WICB regrets, and is deeply embarrassed, by the
premature and unfortunate end to the recent tour of
India,’ the WICB said in a statement. ‘The WICB believes
a way can be found to repair the damage that has been
caused and to ensure similar events do not recur, with the
focus being on the betterment of the West Indies and
India seethes at Windies withdrawal
BCCI to initiate legal proceedings for players pulling out of India tour
Virat Kohli struck a majestic 127 as India fashioned a 59-run win over the West Indies in Dharamsala October 17, effectively sealing the curtailed ODI series 2-1.
Kohli reassured that he is back in form and struck a sublime knock off 114
balls to push India to 330 for six after the West Indies put them in to bat on a
wicket expected to favor the bowlers.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (68) and Suresh Raina (71) were the other big contributors to the formidable score, reached also with the help of loose bowling
and sloppy fielding from the West Indies.
The West Indies, who made their mind of going back home and were
somehow convinced to play the Dharamsala game, found it tough to give
their best. Their negative body language expectedly affected their overall
game, culminating with their unsuccessful chase that ended at 271 all out in
A rare positive for them on the day was Marlon Samuels (112 off 106), who
raced to his seventh ODI hundred and second in three matches.
‘Ihave never seen such a thing in my life, it’s
unprecedented. It’s also unfortunate because the West Indies
should have played on, they just
can’t go back and call off the
tour just because of payment
— Sourav Ganguly
former Indian captain
‘Iwould like to apologize for the West Indies team abort-
ing the India tour. It is a mis-
take on the part of players to
have left the tour in between.’
— Clive Lloyd
former West Indies skipper;
chair, selection committee
‘All will be fine in West Indies cricket when we get
proper administration. We have
the talent, we just need proper
— Michael Holding
former West Indies fast bowler
‘This is an ideal opportunity for some of the bowlers
who have been around to grab
their chance by performing
against a top team like India. These players have been
in the system for some time and thrown into the deep
end we can see how they cope with the pressures.’
— Sanath Jayasuriya
former Sri Lanka skipper; chair, selection committee
‘Our six weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do a months’ requirement of skills
work before India. Planning ahead anyone?’
— Kumar Sangakara
batsman, Sri Lanka