13 Jul 2009

Windies cricket strike shows little sign of ending

6:46 pm on 13 July 2009

The strike by top West Indies cricketers shows little sign of ending with both side's blaming each other for the conflict and the Caribbean team at risk of fielding weakened sides in future series.

West Indies are fielding a weakened side in the test match against Bangladesh, after the 13 selected players boycotted the game due to a conflict with the West Indies Cricket Board over contracts and payments.

Captain Chris Gayle and leading batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are refusing to play until their contractual issues are resolved.

The Windies Board has issued a statement of support for the players participating in the test including a commitment to consider them, rather than the striking players, for the Champions Trophy competition in September.

The West Indies Players Association, met with the Board last week, but refused a demand from the board to end their strike before talks begin.

The result was a 23 minute meeting that failed to address any of the issues the WIPA has highlighted - including the absence of contracts for players in the past four series.