Cricket debt

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is hoping to negotiate a deal with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to have the controversial US$42 million claim repaid in matches and not cash.

WICB chief executive officer Michael Murihead said the board would send a delegation to India with the main objective of negotiating a settlement which would be amicable and would satisfy both parties.

“It could be that they could ask that instead of playing the Test matches that they play some more ODIs… it’s a matter of negotiations,” the Antigua Observer quoted Murihead as telling the Observer Radio’s Good Morning Jojo Sports Show.

Murihead said no talks had yet been initiated because of the BCCI’s recent elections, which left the body without major positions, such as a CEO and secretary, in place.

The Jamaican said the WICB would be looking to set up a meeting to discuss the issue of settlement.

“The resolution is simple that we will have the payoff repaid in matches, cricket,” he said.

Only in January, WICB president Dave Cameron wrote to the BCCI insisting on a “cricketing solution” to the impasse.

He said the regional board was open to “bilateral or multilateral discussions” and also proposed mediation or some “other suitable form or alternative dispute resolution as may be appropriate.”

The BCCI is seeking US$42 million in damages to compensate for the canceled One-Day and Test tour last October, after West Indies One-Day players pulled out of the planned five-match series after the fourth game in Dharamsala.

Their move forced the WICB to also pull the plug on the three-match series that was supposed to follow.

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