The following is a letter, leaked exclusively to Wired868, which was sent today by the West Indies cricket team to West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron and CEO Michael Muirhead on the eve of tomorrow’s ODI against India.
The players have urged Cameron to use his conscience to remedy the impasse over the new Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding after their “act of good faith” in playing—and winning—the opening ODI in Kochi on Wednesday:
To: The President WICB.
Dear Mr. Cameron,
We write to you to make a conscience (sic) appeal to fair play and justice and to seek your urgent intervention in helping to remedy the emerging impasse between ourselves and the West Indies Cricket Board.
As you are aware, as an act of good faith and in the spirit of camaraderie that epitomizes regional cricket, we conceded to go forward with the 1st One-Day Match in India with the expectation that we would resolve the critical matter of all our contractual terms.
Our decision to play in India was in no way intended to convey an acceptance by the players of the unreasonable terms and conditions put forward to us by WICB nor was it intended as an expression of our acceptance of the purported new Memorandum of Understanding.
In fact, the Players have collectively determined that they will not accept any contracts arising out of an agreement if they have not been privy to the terms and conditions resulting in the contents of such contracts. The process that has been supposedly undertaken on our behalf is, in our view, a breach of trust, a clear lack of transparency and violation of our rights.
It would therefore be not only imprudent, but immoral to consider such representative action to be in any way appropriate or right.
For the record, we wish to reiterate our position put forward to the WICB earlier through WIPA, which is, that we propose the continuation under the old structure until a new agreement is reached between the players and WICB.
Neither the WICB nor the players would be disadvantaged by such a mutually agreed arrangement. We believe this to be a sensible and reasonable option in the interim, while we negotiate new terms and conditions that have been properly ventilated.
It is our view, given the circumstances of the formulation and finalising of this agreement, the WIPA Board needs to do the right thing and resign. We wish to formerly advise you that WIPA has no authority to speak on our behalf.
We also note that we finally got a response yesterday from Mr. Hinds. However, his response leads us to pose more questions than the “answers” provided. There were many inaccuracies in Mr Hinds’ letter to which we will provide a detailed response in due course.
We will advise you of the person or persons entrusted with the responsibility to act on our behalf shortly.
As you may be aware, we have demonstrated much restraint in this matter in trying to get our former representatives to fix this travesty but unfortunately this has not occurred. We are hopeful that, with your intervention, the matter can be resolved without public or other recourse.
In the meantime we will continue to seek advice.
We look forward with urgency to your reply and direction with regard to settling this matter amicably and in the best interests of all the parties.
The West Indies cricket team.
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read the response from West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Wavell Hinds to the West Indies cricketers’ call for his resignation.