West Indies Players’ Association denies it stymied, delayed or breached any Agreements: WIPA President seeks Legal Advice
WIPA replies to theas follows:
- There was no timeframe set out in the New York Agreement (NYA) for the Special Arbitrations as articulated by the WICB.
- With regards to the CBA/MOU negotiations it was agreed by representatives of both parties following meetings on October 14th 2009 and November 26th 2009 that completion of this process would be impossible by December 31st 2009. WIPA forwarded its position in writing on 7th December 2009 in respect of the proposed CBA/MOU and has had no response from the WICB before 31st December 2009.
- Contrary to the WICB’s assertion that they have adhered to all the terms of the NYA, the issue of Players Rankings has not been agreed. Also the procedure agreed regarding the matter of injury payments has not been followed and these matters still remain unresolved.
- The ICC/ FICA proposal as contained in its document to WIPA indicates under the heading “Degree of Authority”: ‘that the scope of authority vested on ICC/FICA is only to discuss and recommend joint proposals, where possible. No power to bind the WICB or WIPA”.
- Clearly the process outlined above by the ICC and FICA requires the two parties to come to an agreement whereas the Special Arbitration requires the presentation of the arguments of the two parties and culminates in a ruling by the Arbitration Panel which is binding.
- The WICB in its release further stated that it “paid the legal fees as agreed and has paid the US $450,000.00 of which Mr. Ramnarine received US$ 150,000.00”
Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine denies that he ever received any such payment and has referred the matter to his Attorneys- at- Law.