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ICC takes steps to prevent repeat of tour cancellations


Dubai (Nov. 10, 2014): The ICC and all of its Member Boards on Sunday 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 in India (BCCI).

Putting aside the legitimacy or otherwise of any grievances of parties involved (and which are now the subject of a domestic Task Force probe), the ICC and all Member Boards noted that players abandoning tours have the potential to cause irrevocable damage to the sport in the jurisdiction of the relevant Member Board concerned, as well as enormous financial damage, which might adversely affect the financial viability of the sport itself.

With that in mind, and in a show of solidarity, all Member Boards collectively expressed the view that they consider such player action to be extremely disruptive, damaging and unacceptable.

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 conclude future contractual arrangements with domestic franchises or clubs in other jurisdictions.

ICC Chairman, Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan, said: “It was undoubtedly a sad chapter in our sport. It damaged cricket’s integrity and reputation, as well as affecting confidence within the cricket community, especially that of the fans. The ICC Board was determined to address this situation and ensure such incidents never happen again.

“The ICC is working with the concerned Members towards finding a positive resolution and is confident that there will be constructive outcomes for our game.”

The ICC Board consists of the nominated representatives of each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member representatives. The meeting is chaired by Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Also present are the ICC President and the ICC Chief Executive.

ICC Chairman                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC President                                                 Mustafa Kamal
ICC Chief Executive                                      David Richardson

Australia                                                         Wally Edwards
Bangladesh                                                     Nazmul Hassan
England                                                           Giles Clarke
India                                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
New Zealand                                                   Greg Barclay
Pakistan                                                          Shaharyar M. Khan
South Africa                                                   Norman Arendse*
Sri Lanka                                                        Jayantha Dharmadasa
West Indies                                                     Dave Cameron
Zimbabwe                                                       Wilson Manase
Associate Member Director (Bermuda)         Neil Speight
Associate Member Director (Namibia)          Francois Erasmus
Associate Member Director (Singapore)       Imran Khawaja

*alternate to Chris Nenzani