Cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has chided the West Indies cricketers who abruptly abandoned the recent tour of India and has warned that any such future strikes could result in disciplinary action.
In a strongly worded statement, the ICC labeled the players’ controversial action as “extremely disruptive, damaging and unacceptable” and said it would take steps to ensure the episode did not occur.
“The ICC and all of its member boards noted with deep disappointment the recent decision of the West Indies players to abandon an international tour without fulfilling the contractually agreed playing obligations between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the Board of Control for Cricket India in India,” the ICC said.
“Players who behave in a similar manner in the future will not only risk breaching the disciplinary rules of the relevant member board and being sanctioned accordingly, but may also put in jeopardy their ability to coincide future contractual arrangements with domestic franchises or clubs in other jurisdictions,” the ICC said.
In an unprecedented move, the West Indies players quit their tour of India last month over a pay dispute.