West Indies to extend olive branch to India before ICC meeting

  • Sai Prasad Mohapatra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 01:17 IST

West Indies' abrupt withdrawal from their tour of India led to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) deciding in its emergent working committee in Chennai to suspend the two teams' cricketing ties.

Now, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is keen on utilising the ICC Executive Board's meeting, to be held in Dubai on November 10, to extend an olive branch to the peeved BCCI. What's more, there are takers for dialogue in the Indian board.

According to a top BCCI official, WICB president Dave Cameron will be meeting ICC chairman N Srinivasan on November 9 to apologise for the fiasco. WICB is also expected to request the BCCI to settle the matter amicably instead of pursue legal options.

While not in any mood to be lenient just yet, the Indian board is learnt to be open to dialogue. "There is a meeting scheduled with the WICB the day before the (ICC) Executive Board meeting. But that's not going to stop us from raising the matter in the ICC meeting. There is a mechanism in place through which the ICC will take the case forward," said the official, who will be attending the meeting.

With the sudden pullout having draw flak from across the cricketing world, the Windies board has adopted an extremely apologetic stance. However, the Srinivasan-headed ICC is unlikely to take a sympathetic view. According to the official, what has enraged the BCCI is the lackadaisical approach of Cameron who, despite being in Dubai, did not come to India to defuse the situation.

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