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Bankrupt West Indies send India letter of apology

PAY ROW: West Indies players refused to complete tour of India

THE BOARD of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) says it has received a letter of apology from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for the sudden and dramatic cancellation by the senior West Indies cricketers from their tour of India.

The BCCI's secretary, Sanjay Patel, said that the WICB has sent "an apology letter" for the decision by its players to pull out in the middle of the tour at the height of an internal pay dispute, leaving five fixtures still to play, including three Tests.

"We have received a letter from WICB a couple of days ago," Patel told the media. "It said that they are apologetic and bankrupt and they urged us to resolve the issue through the disputes committee."

Reports from India quote a reliable source in the BCCI as saying that the world's richest cricket body has informally proposed to WICB to part with 50 per cent of their income earned through revenue sharing of the International Cricket Council (ICC) till 2023.

It is estimated that WICB stands to gain US$100 million from the ICC during the next eight-year cycle, and the BCCI wants at least US$50 million of that amount, paid through instalments, to compensate for the loss of revenue.

The BCCI has decided to reply to the WICB's letter after consulting with its members during the annual general meeting in Chennai on November 20.

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