23 Oct 2014

ICC on standby over Windies crisis

12:37 pm on 23 October 2014

The International Cricket Council says it's concerned about the stand-off between the Indian and West Indies cricket boards, but won't intervene unless asked by the two parties.

The world governing body says it's "closely monitoring developments" which would be discussed at the ICC's executive board meeting in Dubai on November 10.

The West Indies cut short their tour last week because of an internal pay dispute, even though the fifth one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still remained to be played.

India retaliated by freezing all future tours to the Caribbean.

The West Indies Board has sought a meeting with the BCCI to try and resolve the matter.

West Indies cricket has been plunged into crisis by India, the world's richest cricket board, which has suspended all future tours with the Caribbean team after its withdrawal from a series in India last week.

The BCCI also decided to take legal action against the West Indies Board after the tourists abandoned their tour over a protracted pay dispute with their board.

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul Photo: PHOTOSPORT

They still had a one-dayer, a Twenty20 international and three test matches left to play.

To help fill the void and an estimated $80 million loss, the Indian Board has arranged a five-match one-day series with Sri Lanka next month.

India were expected to make four trips to the West Indies in the next eight years, and the West Indies Board has convened an emergency board meeting in Barbados to discuss the issue.

But Indian officials say the dispute won't affect the West Indies players' contracts with franchises of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.