West Indies squad set to go on strike over con­tract dis­pute

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West Indies play­ers will be thrown off the squad for the World Twenty20 if they do not agree to fi­nan­cial terms by Sun­day's dead­line, the head of the re­gion's cricket board said to­day. The hard­line stance comes in the wake of re­ports that the 15-man squad, up­set at a huge pay cut, has re­jected the con­tract of­fered by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

Cricinfo pub­lished a let­ter from Dar­ren Sammy to the WICB in which the West Indies cap­tain said the fi­nan­cial terms for the World Twenty20, which starts in In­dia on March 8, were un­ac­cept­able. "We want to rep­re­sent the West Indies but the fi­nan­cials on of­fer we can't ac­cept," Sammy wrote. WICB chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Muir­head did not sound in a ne­go­ti­at­ing mood, how­ever, when he spoke on Ja­maican ra­dio.

"The WICB is com­mit­ted to play in the tour­na­ment, let me say that first," Muir­head said on Hitz 92fm. "No one will leave the shores of the West Indies with­out sign­ing a con­tract and if th­ese play­ers in par­tic­u­lar choose not to sign, then I guess we'll be left with no op­tion but to sub­sti­tute other play­ers for them."

Muir­head added that the board was not in a po­si­tion to im­prove the renu­mer­a­tion pack­age, ne­go­ti­ated with the play­ers as­so­ci­a­tion nine months ago. "They have had lots of time to di­gest and ar­gue and do ev­ery­thing," he said. "Five of the play­ers were in­stru­men­tal and were there at the on­set, so at this point, I'm hop­ing that the play­ers will sign and take ad­van­tage of the other ben­e­fits that are there." He said that play­ers would re­ceive half of any shirt spon­sor­ship the board ne­go­ti­ates in ad­di­tion to a por­tion of prize money.

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