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Australia banking on Windies getting its house in order

WALKOUT: West Indies players pulled out of their India tour

AUSTRALIAN CRICKET bosses are financially planning for the West Indies to make their summer 2015 tour Down Under despite the Caribbean side stunning the sport by abruptly pulling out of their India tour earlier this month.

The shock exit from India has landed Windies cricket in hot water, with legal claims looming from Indian cricket over financial compensation, while a rift between players has also emerged this week after Dwayne Bravo Marlon Samuels contradicted each other’s accounts of how the team decided to leave India.

India has also indefinitely suspended all its future tours to the Caribbean.

West Indies players, board and senior management met in Jamaica recently to discuss the fallout from the India debacle, and Australian leaders are hoping the situation is quickly resolved so the Windies can complete a successful tour next summer, while fears have been raised that Caribbean team’s place at the 2015 World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, could be in peril.

Following his board’s annual general meeting, Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards told reporters: “I don’t believe it [West Indies] will be lost. I can’t imagine that.

“They’ve had disputes before. They’ve had ongoing rumblings there for quite a while. I feel confident they will get resolved. Their president Dave Cameron is a smart guy and a capable guy.

“But I don’t know what’s caused the exact walk-out. They were playing along quite happily.”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland expressed his surprise at how Caribbean walked out of India and added: “You’ve got to wonder how it can get to that.

“There was a little bit of wavering there, where it appeared at one stage that it was sorted and then all of a sudden it wasn’t.

“But we don’t know the ins and outs. We’ll hopefully know a bit more next week.”

There has been speculation that West Indies cricket could face financial ruin because of India’s desire to follow legal action, but playing in Australia may offer the Windies a way back in from the cold.

Windies players are understood to have quit the India tour in protest at payment arrangements with their own board.

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