September 14, 2009

CCJ Likely to solve WICB

CCJ likely to solve WICB-players dispute

Jamaica: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is likely to settle the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its players, which has come to a standstill after the talks broke down at the last moment during the mediation.

"With talks breaking down at the last moment during the mediation, the issues will now have to be taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice for arbitration," WICB's external legal counsel, Derek Ali, told a press meet on Saturday.

The WICB had defended itself in the aftermath of the claim made by mediator Shridath Ramphal that the late addition of a new set of requirements by the board had resulted in the failure to settle the differences.

Ramphal had earlier said that the attempt to find a solution had failed after the WICB produced "an alternative document" during negotiations, which was unacceptable to the WIPA. The claim, however, was refuted by the board's industrial relations consultant, Gerald Pinard, who said the WICB had done nothing wrong by sending the document to Ramphal.

The new move is the latest development in the impasse which has engulfed West Indies cricket over the last month and resulted in under-strength squads being selected for the recent Bangladesh series and the upcoming Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Star performers like Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan opted out due to pay and contractual disputes.

"WICB has heard talks that we sent in a document that derailed the process and we walked out," Pinard has been quoted as saying in the local media.

"This is surprising to hear because what we sent in was a draft agreement outlining what was agreed upon and what was to go to arbitration. This document sent to Ramphal on August 31 was not much different from the first one we sent in on August 29," he added.

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