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As cricketers became more aware of their rights and the money they earned their boards, every team gradually moved to the contracts system, which would assure a player a certain amount of income for a year irrespective of an injury or an unforeseen drop in form. There has been a fair amount of controversy over the implementation of contract systems over the years: the ugliest it got was when several West Indies stars refused to play for their team because of a dispute over contracts. India, Zimbabwe and Kenya have had their share of contracts-related problems too.
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Apr 7, 2013

Zimbabwe players threaten boycott over contract issue

News: Zimbabwe's cricketers will consider a boycott ahead of their series against Bangladesh in protest against unsatisfactory payments from their board

Firdose Moonda

Mar 3, 2013

What now for the players and the SLC?

Features: In a time of great flux within the Sri Lankan team and SLC, below are some of the background issues and sub-plots that may influence the latest dispute

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mar 2, 2013

SL contracts dispute threatens Bangladesh series

News: A major contract dispute between SLC and the nation's top cricketers has threatened to derail Sri Lanka's home series against Bangladesh

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mar 2, 2013

SLC locks out 23 top players

News: Sri Lanka Cricket has frozen out 23 of its top players after a meeting on Saturday could not break the contract deadlock between the board and the nation's best cricketers

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Feb 14, 2012

South Africa rethink 'no sin' - Petersen

News: Alviro Petersen, South Africa's Test opening batsman, has defended his decision to turn his back on Glamorgan and has said it is "no sin" to want to play for South Africa.

Firdose Moonda

Oct 5, 2010

Audio Can India save Test cricket?

Switch Hit: Why India's thrilling win in front of a bumper final-day crowd could turn the Twenty20 tide. Plus, England resolve their contract distraction

Sep 30, 2010

Audio India v Australia: still cricket's final frontier?

Switch Hit: Is a two-Test series enough for such a prestigious match-up? The panel look ahead to the Border-Gavaskar trophy with exclusive comment from Shane Warne.

Sep 22, 2010

Bravo, Pollard turn down WICB contracts

News: Allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have not accepted the one-year central contracts offered to them by the West Indies Cricket Board

Sep 22, 2010

Bravo, Pollard still 'committed' to WI - T&T manager

News: Trinidad & Tobago's team manager, Colin Borde, has said that he was confident that Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo remained committed to West Indies cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 14, 2010

WIPA slams Sarwan's contract exclusion

News: The WIPA has "condemned" the exclusion of Ramnaresh Sarwan from the WICB's list of contracted players, and has questioned the board's reasoning behind the decision

Sep 4, 2010

Sarwan not surprised by WICB's contract snub

News: Ramnaresh Sarwan, the West Indies batsman, has said that he wasn't surprised at being dropped from the WICB's list of contracted players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 31, 2010

Sarwan, Taylor and Ramdin cut from WI contract list

News: Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor and Denesh Ramdin have been demoted from the West Indies contract list

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jun 15, 2010

Audio To split or not to split?

Switch Hit: Haroon Lorgat on the 40-over one-dayers' trial, why KP doesn't need a county, and Windies cricket goes full circle

Sep 13, 2009

WIPA accepts Caricom plan, pledges to re-start talks

News: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has accepted the recommendations made by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to try and resolve the contracts dispute that has rocked West Indies cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 12, 2009

Caribbean leaders frame formula to end crisis

News: Political leaders in the Caribbean met on Friday and put forward a series of recommendations pertaining to contracts and sponsorship rights to the disputing parties.

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 10, 2009

WIPA alarmed by board's strong-arm tactics

News: Players' body advises members to "seek legal advice immediately and take whatever action such legal counsel deems appropriate"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 9, 2009

Political leaders meet on Friday over crisis

News: Political leaders in the Caribbean will meet on Friday in an effort to resolve the current impasse between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its senior players

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 8, 2009

WI board to resume action against players

News: The stand-off is mainly over annual retainer contracts, which the West Indies players have been reluctant to sign since October 2008

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 7, 2009

Hunte wants meeting with Ramphal to clear allegations

News: WICB president has requested Bharrat Jagdeo, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) chairman and Guyana president, for a meeting to rectify the "misinformation" regarding the failed mediation talks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 6, 2009

West Indies were almost disqualified from World Twenty20 - Riley

News: West Indies were almost disqualified from the ICC World Twenty20 in England, Colin Riley, who resigned as a director of the West Indies Cricket Board, has said

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 5, 2009

WICB denies mediator's claims

News: In another development, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is likely to broker a solution to the impasse

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 2, 2009

WICB-WIPA peace talks fail

News: Shridath Ramphal, the former Commonwealth general-secretary, who had been appointed to broker a deal in the stand-off, said a feared labour shutdown might also result from the breakdown in talks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 2, 2009

The art of brokering peace

Tony Cozier: Shridath Ramphal's confidence is heartening. It would be a masterstroke if he manages to influence a binding accord between the WICB and WIPA

Tony Cozier
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