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West Indies players retain legal counsel in pay dispute, Samuels opts out

IANS | Updated: October 25, 2014, 1:51 PM IST
West Indies players retain legal counsel in pay dispute, Samuels opts out

Port of Spain: West Indies players, who controversially abandoned the tour of India last week, have retained legal counsel as they prepare to tackle the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by their union, West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), but batsman Marlon Samuels has opted not to pursue this course of action along with his team-mates.

This was confirmed in a release on Friday by one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, who is also acting as a spokesman for the aggrieved players, reports CMC.

Samuels said earlier this week he was not supportive on the decision to abandon the tour and had hardly attended any of the players meetings on the troubled tour. However, Bravo rebutted Samuels' claims, contending the Jamaican right-hander was a vocal part of the meetings held.

"I note the comments attributed to Mr. Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to state that Mr. Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour," Bravo said.

"We extended an invitation to Mr. Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Mr. Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team.

"I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr. Samuels."

Bravo stressed that while he had undertaken the role of spokesman for the players, all correspondence during that period had been issued with the full backing of the players.

The senior allrounder said the playing group had been boosted by the widespread support they had received, though they had also received criticism in some quarters.

"We recognise that a few have attempted to put the blame squarely on the players without the full knowledge of the facts. This is regrettable since a few persons are making statements without knowing all the relevant facts. In time, we believe, all the facts will come to light," Bravo said.

"We do not wish to make any further statements on this matter since the players on tour [except Mr. Samuels] with some additional players who did not tour India have appointed Counsel to represent them in this matter.

"We look forward to a speedy resolution and that our concerns, and that of all players including the first class players, are addressed in a satisfactory and timely manner."

Bravo and the Windies team pulled out of the one-day tour of India last week following the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, after failing to resolve a pay and contracts dispute with WIPA.

They refused to play the fifth match in Kolkata, the Twenty20 in Cuttack and also the three-Test series.

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First Published: October 25, 2014, 1:51 PM IST

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