WICB, WIPA, players now talking
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – With two years left in the current Memorandum of Understanding/Collective Bargaining Agreement (MOU/CBA) with the West Indies Cricket Board, West Indies Players Association and players, the WICB took a proactive move to host a players’ symposium in Florida yesterday to address some of the important issues.
Among the areas discussed were: MOU/CBA – WICB, WIPA and players; future tours; ICC events; finances of WICB and World Cricket; life during and after cricket.
WICB president Dave Cameron said the ongoing dialogue was aimed at finding amicable solutions and the board was keen to confronting any issues as an effort was made to enhance the overall cricket product.
“We will continue the dialogue. We will encourage players to voice their concerns through an appropriate medium. We will work together for a solution. We know the players are the most important features of our brand and we wish to engage them as is necessary and required to be more competitive on and off the field.”
The meeting which at points became contentious, “was solution-oriented and the WICB continues to make efforts to facilitate the best environment for players,” Cameron noted.
Action items coming out of the meeting included the players who fall in the “free agency” status being asked to make recommendations through WIPA on: eligibility for selection for all formats of the game and how they can qualify, highlighting percentages or number of regional matches to participate in; and player selection/availability at the international level.
The players present at the four-hour session included the Twenty20 squad for the two matches against India on Saturday and Sunday and the retained players, while first-class players in all six regions were able to access the discussion via teleconference.
There was a keynote presentation from former West Indies player Daren Ganga who is now a sport administrator with the University of Trinidad and Tobago and is an international radio and television broadcaster. His presentation focused on Responsibilities of a Professional Athlete.
Ganga stressed the need for excellent performances on the field of play, but made a great case for work off the field as a role model “as they prepare for life after cricket.”
The other officials who shared information were chief executive officer Michael Muirhead, WIPA president Wavell Hinds and chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne.
Muirhead emphasised the need for dialogue and more solutions as the sport industry continued to evolve.