No threat to ongoing series against WI: BCCI

No threat to ongoing series against WI: BCCI

The BCCI on Thursday made it clear that there is absolutely “no threat” to India’s ongoing home series against West Indies despite an acrimonious pay dispute between the visiting cricketers and its parent body which is yet to be resolved.

“I want to clarify that there is no threat to the India versus West Indies series. The matches will go on as per schedule. In fact, I have spoken to a few officials from the WICB and have got assurance that there will be no disruption”, said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. 

“I got an e-mail from WICB chairman Dave Cameron, who thanked BCCI for playing a pro-active role,” he said. Patel said that the BCCI will be happy to help the WICB as a “mediator” once the series ends. “Look, our job was to ensure that the series is run smoothly. This series of three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International was chalked during the FTP calender of 2007-08.

“FTP is sacrosanct and all the member nations must abide by it. You cannot disrespect what was decided in FTP calender. I told them that there isn’t a problem that can’t be sorted out across the table. If WICB wants, we can mediate once the series ends. These players are good boys and they know their duty,” said Patel.

 Patel categorically denied BCCI having made any payment to the West Indies players or WICB prior to the first ODI in Kochi so that the match is not disrupted.

 “There is absolutely no truth to these rumours. The BCCI has not made any such payments and nor do we have any plans of indulging into any such financial transactions in principle. This is their internal matter. As a cricket board, we can obviously offer our advice on what can be the correct path to solve the problem but that’s about it,” the BCCI secretary said. 

However, the WICB will be paid by BCCI a “guarantee money” but that is a mandatory payment that has to be made to a visiting nation as per ICC guidelines. “Obviously, there is a guarantee money and BCCI will pay that to the WICB as per the guidelines. But that is a mandatory payment. But we are certainly not giving any loans or making any advance payment,” said Patel.

It is learnt that couple of top WICB officials will be reaching Delhi to carry on the discussions with the aggrieved cricketers before the second ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. PTI

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