West Indies contracts row July 14, 2009

West Indies players refuse to back down

Cricinfo staff

The West Indies players who declined to play in the first Test against Bangladesh are unlikely to back down and apologise to the West Indies board, raising the likelihood of a weakened side for the second Test against Bangladesh even though they lost the first by 95 runs in St. Vincent.

Dinanath Ramnarine, the chief executive of the players' association (WIPA), said the players were united in their resolve. "They're very strong … and although they want to play, they're not going to back down under this pressure," he said. Ramnarine added that WIPA had consulted lawyers and a number of legal challenges to the WICB's position were being discussed.

Jimmy Adams, the secretary of WIPA, told Cricinfo that the players' stance was unwavering. "You have a group of players earning more from playing cricket outside the Caribbean than for the West Indies and they aren't putting up with this crap. They have choices and they are prepared to exercise those choices. They've got fed up with things going nowhere and they're adamant they need this sorted before they come back and play."

It also emerged that recently Julian Hunte failed to turn up to a meeting with the players which he had offered in an attempt to clear up the situation.