Windies pull out of India tour

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The West Indies have withdrawn from the remainder of their tour of India because of a dispute over pay between the West Indies board (WICB) and its players.

The news was announced while the teams were on the field contesting the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, which will be the last match of the tour, with a fifth ODI, a T20 international and three Test matches left unplayed.

The West Indies team management informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of their decision, with India hoping Sri Lanka can step in and fill the void.

The team have been in dispute with the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) over the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding, which would see sponsorship payments reallocated to fund the wider professional game in the islands.

A BCCI statement read: “The BCCI is shocked and extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the WICB.

“The WICB’s inability to resolve internal issues with its players and allowing the same to affect an ongoing bilateral series does not reflect well on any of those involved. The withdrawal gives little thought to the future of the game, the players and the long standing relations between the BCCI and WICB.

“The BCCI wishes to inform all its stakeholders, especially ardent fans of the Indian cricket team, that this is a unilateral decision taken by the WICB and its players, in spite of several appeals to the WICB to honour its commitment and complete the series.”

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