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WIPA Seeks To Mend Fences With Players

Six years on, since the Windies’ players walked off their job in a dispute over wages on India’s tour, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is yet to mend fences with some players.

However, the Secretary of WIPA, Wayne Lewis, is hoping to build a renewed relationship with players after a sit-down talk.

“Hopefully, at some stage, we will have a sit down where we can go through to look at exactly at what transpired because there are a lot of uncertainties as to exactly what happened during that tour. We have never had that level of discussion with them to air our side of it, and we are hoping to do that eventually to set the record straight,” said Lewis.

He also stated that the “trust factor had increased exponentially with Cricket West Indies and WIPA.”

In 2014, the West Indies cricketers, led by Dwayne Bravo pulled out of the India tour after the fourth One-Day International (ODI) in Dharamsala, shocking the international cricketing world, despite a fifth and final ODI, a Twenty20 match, and three Tests still to be played.

They lost the five-match ODI series 2-1 back then.

The players’ action drew the ire of regional fans and cost the board millions of dollars in losses.

It also severed the relationship of some of the players with WIPA for good, and Lewis says the association is yet to hash out those issues with the players involved in that decision who are still active.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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