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West Indies cricket board and players association hold 'fruitful' talks

Jamaica: A meeting between the warring parties of West Indian cricket took place in Jamaica on Monday, with talks described as "cordial, positive and fruitful" by the West Indian Cricket Board.

Dave Cameron
Dave Cameron 

The very future of the islanders' sporting union was thrown into question when the squad abruptly left their tour of India with one ODI, one Twenty20 and three Test matches unfulfilled.

A dispute over player contracts caused the departure, with the senior squad apparently in dispute over an agreement signed above their heads by the board and the West Indies Players' Association.

India have since indicated they plan to initiate unspecified legal action against the financially vulnerable WICB as well as cutting off the lucrative lifeline of bilateral tours with the West Indies.

The initial discussions appear to have yielded no firm agreements or resolutions but talks will continue.

The WICB were represented by president Dave Cameron, director Don Wehby and attorney Luke Hamel-Smith, with WIPA's under-fire president/chief executive Wavell Hinds joined by secretary Wayne Lewis and Patrick Foster QC.

The squad who left India - barring Marlon Samuels - as well as Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons had Ralph Thorne QC making their case, with players Andre Russell and Jason Holder also attending.

A short statement read: "The West Indies Cricket Board, the West Indies Players' Association and representatives of the West Indies Squad on the tour of India held an emergency meeting on Sunday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.

"The meeting was cordial, positive and fruitful and discussions will continue in an effort to find a way forward following the premature end of the tour of India."

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