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July 11, 2009
The WIPA has announced that Nikita Miller and Nelon Pascal have breached their contracts with West Indies Players Management Company (WIPMC) by making themselves available for selection against Bangladesh in the first Test in Kingstown. WIPA, however, will not take any action against the two players.
The WIPMC is a subsidiary of the WIPA, and controls the intellectual and image rights of the players.
Dinanath Ramnarine, executive president of the WIPA, said the two players had breached their contracts. "They have signed over their IP and image rights to WIPMC and they cannot just accept an offer to play for the West Indies," Ramnarine was quoted as saying by AFP. "The WICB must negotiate this with WIPMC. But we would leave this and just allow it to pass at this point, there are bigger issues to deal with.
"We are an association that represents the players and we are not about the business of making it harder for them. Everyone has a choice as to what they do and those guys decided to play for the West Indies and we just have to respect this."
The WICB assembled a weakened string squad to face Bangladesh after 13 of its first-choice players decided to boycott the series following a dispute with the board. Miller was named in the XI while Pascal was left out.
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