West Indies cricket crisis ..... what next?

@Mac6999 (706)
India
July 17, 2009 10:45pm CST
While most people are indulged in the excitement of the Ashes, West Indian cricketers are battling to play cricekt under proper conditions. The stand off started when the board decided not to issue contracts to players, who have played without aggrements for 4 series in a row. The players Association were furious of this decision, and called a player boycott. It totally understandable for the players to withdraw, because if they get injured the board cannot be held accountable for their wellbeing. We all know how risky cricket is. So my question is should the ICC put its hand up and try to solve the issue actively, or should the players and the board be left to negotiate themselves. If this continue it wont be good for cricket and there is a T20 world cup coming up in the West Indies in 2010. so what do you guys think......
3 responses
@pratik87 (1928)
• India
18 Jul 09
The icc is the establishment who looks after the proper running of cricket by all its member boards. If it is a minor issue then it should be dealt internally by the board but the conflict between west indies players and their board has gotten out of control and has affected cricket in general as the west indies are once again fielding a second string side. With the champions trophy coming up the icc will be worried about the west indies team that will be played in it as the icc would want all the countries to field their best team which looks unlikely as far as west indies are concerned.
@Mac6999 (706)
• India
19 Jul 09
The ICC needs to get involved in this issue. Like you said this issues of players with the board is long standing and has been going on for years. ICC events are suppose to be world class events where the best of the best compete. But if this issue continues it will be very shameful for the ICC. They second string players have played two matches now, very soon they will fell that even they need contracts, so this issue will just spiral out of control if nothing is done soon.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
18 Jul 09
Yes this kind of problem can seriously affect everyone from players to the other cricketing activities. The problem with WI cricket board is that they don't take players into confidence, they don't try negotiate properly. They simply take some decision and expect players to accept it. That can not be done. And by creating this kind of problems they are sending a wrong signal to budding cricketers. Aspiring cricketers need good environment to prosper and to get motivated. When they see what the treatment they might get in future that might play negatively on their mind and drive them away towards some other career. And this problem also affects cricket world in general and as you say T20 world cup is coming up and this problem should be resolved very soon. We can see how reasons other than pure cricket can affect and stop development of cricket in a country with the example of Zimbabwe. It was getting good and fell into a swirl of problems other than just cricket and now they are not what they used to be. So I guess WI cricket board should take a broad vision and act professionally and solve problems quickly so that those problems cannot become serious hampers in future. Lets hope both the parties behave responsibly and take an appropriate decision. Happy Mylotting!
@Mac6999 (706)
• India
19 Jul 09
Yeh the West Indies board needs to consider its players, after all the players are the ones who will make they revenue. Theyll have a serious problem with sponsors if this issue is not resolved quickly. It will also effect promising young cricketers who have dreams of playing for West Indies, especially at this time development is really important for them. Lets hope it resolves quickly.
• India
18 Jul 09
As you said the standoff between players and board is not good for cricket..These kind of always part of WI cricket..I think board should think in favor of players..In recent time they performed well..
@Mac6999 (706)
• India
19 Jul 09
Yeh the West Indies players and boards have been involved in disputes for years now. Something really needs to be done about this by the ICC. Its not fair that the West Indies players play without contracts when players from all other countries have contracts with their respective boards. Some thing needs to be done soon or else it could destroy the careers of these cricketers.