The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday assured the West Indies team that it will speak to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to resolve the pay dispute that led to the Windies threatening a strike ahead of the ODI series against India.
"I want to clarify that there is no threat to the India versus West Indies series. The matches will go on as per schedule. In fact, I have spoken to a few officials from the WICB and have got assurance that there will be no disruption", BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI.
"I got an e-mail from WICB chairman Dave Cameron, who thanked BCCI for playing a pro-active role," he said.
Patel said that the BCCI will be happy to help the WICB as a "mediator" once the series ends.
"Look, our job was to ensure that the series is run smoothly. This series of 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and a T20 International was chalked during the FTP calender of 2007-08.
"Futures Tour Programme (FTP) is sacrosanct and all the member nations must abide by it. You cannot disrespect what was decided in FTP calender. I told them that there isn't a problem that can't be sorted out across the table. If WICB wants, we can mediate once the series ends. These players are good boys and they know their duty," said Patel.
Patel categorically denied BCCI having made any payment to the West Indies players or WICB prior to the first ODI in Kochi so that the match is not disrupted.
"There is absolutely no truth to these rumours. The BCCI has not made any such payments and nor do we have any plans of indulging into any such financial transactions in principle. This is their internal matter. As a cricket board, we can obviously offer our advice on what can be the correct path to solve the problem but that's about it," the BCCI secretary said.
The West Indies are scheduled to play five one-day internationals (ODI) in India, one Twenty20 International and three Tests. They won the first ODI in Kochi on Wednesday by 124 runs.
WICB statement issued late on Tuesday said players have expressed their concern to the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) about several issues relating to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
However, despite the threat, the West Indies players went ahead to play in the first ODI in Kochi, though maintaining that their demands stay as is.