West Indies Players Association contend – WICB Backtracks

Having read a WICB press release of 21st August 2010, it is clear that the WICB management needs to bring its communications arm up to speed.

Mindful of the acceptance of the recommendations of the Caricom Prime-Ministerial Sub-Committee on cricket of 11th September 2009 by both WIPA and the WICB, the agreement brokered by Caricom and the New York Agreement (between the WICB and WIPA in October 2009), the WICB and WIPA agreed to two Special Binding Arbitrations which are due to be heard shortly before a panel of distinguished Caribbean jurists.

Logo_WIPAWIPA fully respects and is willing to submit to the decision of the Arbitration Panel appointed by Caricom, win or lose. It appears that the WICB is having second thoughts.

WIPA does not intend to breach these agreements to go to non-binding negotiations/mediation with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA). Following the agreement hammered out by President Jagdeo in Georgetown, Guyana in July 2009 and signed by the Presidents of the WICB and the WIPA, mediation was tried unsuccessfully last August conducted by Sir Shridath Ramphal in respect of the matter mentioned in the WICB release of 20th August 2010.

WIPA’s position on the WICB’s proposal to once again attempt non-binding negotiations/mediation on this matter was conveyed to the ICC and FICA who both indicated that they understood and respected WIPA’s view.

However, WIPA did inform the ICC and FICA that it would be happy to have their assistance with a number of other outstanding matters.

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