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Peace at last for West Indies cricket

THE WEST Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) say a lingering dispute over the structure of payments to its international players has been resolved following a period of mediation.

The WIPA and WICB say a resolution was reached during a formal mediation session that ran for five days in Barbados last month before the start of Australia's short Test tour of the Caribbean.

An agreement was reached on the quantity of sponsorship received by WICB to be passed on to its international players, said a joint statement released late Monday.

"During May, the WICB and WIPA participated, by mutual consent, in a formal mediation process over a period of five days to consider the question of what level of sponsorship funds received by the WICB should international players receive and how that amount should be distributed," the joint statement said.

"In addition to resolving this issue, the WICB and WIPA were able to reach a greater and more consistent understanding of the MOU (memorandum of understanding) and CBA (collective bargaining agreement) by clarifying the underlying agreed principles of player payments for a period of four years."

The pay dispute led to the West Indies cricketers cutting short their tour of India last October in controversial circumstances and forcing the Indian cricket board to file a compensation claim of nearly US$42 million against the WICB.

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