Although it has been widely acknowledged that the third Test between West Indies and Australia and the Regional four-day matches between Guyana and the Leeward Islands have been moved from Guyana to Dominica, the matter is still causing controversy.
The president of West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of acting unilaterally on the matter.
CMC is reporting that Dinanath Ramnarine accused the WICB of not seek his organization’s approval to switch the matches.
“WIPA has not signed off on Dominica being both for Tests and the [regional] matches involving Guyana,” CMC reported Ramnarine telling a Trinidadian TV show. “In fact, we objected to it and we felt that the WICB made the decision and then informed us.”
Ramnarine continued, “We found out before the WICB had informed us and we wrote to the WICB indicating to them that we understand the matches had been moved to Dominica and we asked the WICB to provide reasons for such a move. We were talking to them right through and we asked them that if any decisions were going to be taken that there will be a discussion.”
Ramnarine said WIPA felt if the matches involving Guyana in the R4T were to be moved, the first option should have been to allow the opposing side to stage the contest instead, according to CMC.
“If the Leeward Islands are playing Guyana and if there is a move, at least you would say, ‘well, let’s play the game in Leewards, in one of the Leewards countries’,” he said.
“So we didn’t see the need to move the game and we wondered why,” CMC reported Ramnarine as saying.
According to CMC Ramnarine said they heard the Prime Minister of Dominica saying the island was hosting the Test match and, again, they raised that with the WICB and it was then the WICB confirmed that the Test match has been moved from Guyana to Dominica.
The regional four-day matches are taking place this weekend at the Windsor Park while the third Test between West Indies and Australia is scheduled for April 23-27.
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