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Richardson, Roberts slam players

The two Caribbean legends flayed the West Indies Players Association for its unwillingness to negotiate the contracts issue.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 20:02 IST

Caribbean legends Richie Richardson and Andy Roberts on Monday flayed the West Indies Players Association for its unwillingness to negotiate the contracts issue and asking for more money.

While former skipper Richardson said WIPA was pushing for too much money, Roberts said the players' body was dragging its feet on a decision to hold a meeting with the West Indies Cricket Board.

"We are right down at the bottom of the table and yet our players are demanding big money," the Trinidad and Tobago Express quoted Richardson as saying.

"I don't like to compare time but when we played we fought for a lot of things. We fought for better treatment of the players, for improvement in payments and things like that.

"If we were to adopt the same attitude that the players were adopting today we would have never gone out on the field of play because there was hardly any money," he added.

The former middle-order batsman said the WICB must act firmly while dealing with the stubborn players.

"I think the board needs to be a bit stronger. At the end of the day, the board can only offer what it is capable of offering to the players. Just take it or leave it.

"If they don't want to go out there and play cricket I'm sure there are a number of players who want to go out and play.

"We're not winning anything so you might as well go out there and invest in young players who want to play for their country," he said.

Former speedster Roberts said both WICB and WIPA were to be blamed for the deadlock.

The WICB, after negotiations went beyond their first deadline of last Friday, have now proposed a further meeting with WIPA on Tuesdaywith a new deadline of May 3 for the players to sign its offer for retainer contracts.

The Indian team will visit the Caribbean next month to play four Tests and five one-day internationals and the WICB has said that only players who sign the retainership contracts would be considered for that series.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 19:57 IST