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West Indies in turmoil as players pull out of Indian tour

TROUBLED TIMES: West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo

WEST INDIES cricket hit a new low when they sensationally withdrew from their current tour of India because of a pay row between the players and their cricket board. The dispute has been simmering for some time now but nobody involved believed the players from the Caribbean would effectively go on strike.

The teams were scheduled to play a five-match one-day international series, a one-off Twenty20 international and three Test matches.

But the tour will come to an end at the conclusion of Friday's fourth one-day international in Dharamsala. India will now face Sri Lanka in a replacement five-match ODI series.

The dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) concerns the signing of a new agreement last month covering pay and conditions.

It was rejected by senior players, including one-day captain Dwayne Bravo, who demanded WIPA chief Wavell Hinds, a former Test opener, resign.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it was "shocked and extremely disappointed" after being advised West Indies players would be returning home immediately following Friday's game

West Indies one-day captain Bravo declared: "My team is standing behind me, it's been a tough situation," said the 31-year-old all-rounder. It's time we have to make a decision."

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding said it was a "very disappointing scenario". He told Sky Sports: "Unfortunately it's come to the point where the players decided they were standing together, and they are totally dissatisfied with the way they have been treated.

"I have never seen anything like this happen in the past and I do not understand why the WICB have taken this stance."

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