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Stalemate continues as players demand apology

cricket Updated: Jul 17, 2009 01:03 IST
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The crisis is West Indies cricket is getting deeper every day with the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) demanding an apology from the country's board.

Thirteen leading West Indies players, including captain Chris Gayle, have gone on strike and boycotted the first Test against Bangladesh over pending contract issues. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) struggled to get a second
string side that lost the match.

The WICB has asked the rebel players to apologies or face non-selection for the Champions Trophy in South Africa in September.

In retaliation, the WIPA has send a strongly worded letter to the WICB and demanded apology for mismanagement in the affairs of the board, reports the Trinidad Guardian.

The letter was laced with sarcasm and said: "We apologise for demanding that our members play with a contract clearly outlining the terms and conditions. For insisting that all contracts be negotiated by WIPA prior to their being offered to the players.

"For asking the WICB to honour the agreement and pay the medical treatment when players sustain injuries.

"For asking the WICB to deposit funds it had deducted from the players' salaries and which it failed to pay to the Players Provident Fund Account (Pension Plan) for almost a year. For asking that the WICB not sell players'
intellectual property and image rights without permission."

Bangladesh eye series victory over WI

St George's (Grenada): Bangladesh will carry bitter-sweet feelings into the second and final Test against the West Indies starting today at the Queen's Park Stadium Complex here.

Bangladesh need only to draw to fulfill a long-held dream of their first Test series victory after they took a 1-0 lead with a 95-run victory in the opening Test at St Vincent.

But celebrations have been tempered following a knee injury to their new captain Mashrafe Mortaza which appears likely to sideline him for the match.

Mortaza fell clumsily on his right knee when bowling during the first Test, and spent the last two and a half days off the field.

He underwent a medical scan on Tuesday, and though the results are not as bad as initially feared, the visitors do not want to risk long-term injury to their main fast bowler.

The Tigers have flown out Nazmul Hossain as back-up for Mortaza

Teams:

Bangladesh (from): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shahadat Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.

West Indies (from): Omar Phillips, Dale Richards, Floyd Reifer (captain), Travis Dowlin, David Bernand, Ryan Hinds, Chadwick Walton, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Ryan Austin, Tino Best.
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