August 28, 2011

West Indies cricket

The WIPA lawsuit explained

Nitin Sundar

The WICB-WIPA battle has raged on endlessly, but the latest development - the US$ 20 million lawsuit slapped by the players association on the board - could have far-reaching implications for the game of cricket at large, and West Indies cricket in particular. A post in CaribbeanCricket.com details some of these.

If successful the WIPA legal action will allow players such as Gayle, Bravo, Kieron Pollard and others to effectively ply their trade as cricketers-for-hire/cricketing mercenaries without any restrictions and without them having any obligation whatsoever to play for the West Indies.

It is very likely that if successful other players from around the world will use this precedent to file similar actions against their national boards and if they too are successful then the international teams will be reduced to second and third string sides for the majority of their matches and the viability of international cricket will be severely compromised.

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