Port of Spain (Trinidad), Oct 19 :
Former West Indies Test batsman Bryan Davis has condemned the move by the West Indies players to abort the tour of India as “selfish and inconsiderate”.
In an impassioned response Saturday to the development, the 74-year-old said the players’ actions were unacceptable and could not be justified, especially in the middle of an international series, reports CMC.
He said all contract issues should have been dealt with prior to the tour and singled out the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for some blame.
“While on tour, I am saying they cannot leave that tour because of some argument with their own representative body (WIPA),” Davis told the Trinidad Express newspaper.
“The BCCI (Indian cricket board) does not have anything to do with your domestic problems, neither do the fans in India. That is totally unfair to them.”
He continued: “You did not deal with your problems before you went on the tour so then deal with it when you go back home. You certainly cannot abandon the tour in the middle because of your internal dispute.
“That is selfish, inconsiderate. It lacks integrity. I am sad and disappointed about the turn of events. It was complete lack of courtesy. There are no redeeming factors.”
“To me the players should not have left without signing a contract. The WICB should have ensured the players were in agreement with everything outlined so they are also at fault,” Davis added.
The impasse arose after players said they could not accept the terms of the newly signed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), contending it resulted in a drastic reduction in their earnings.
They subsequently asked for a return to the old CBA, while a new agreement could be hammered out. This suggestion was rejected by both (West Indies Players’ Association) WIPA and the WICB.
With no solution in sight, the players informed team management Friday they would be quitting the tour, with matches — one ODI, a Twenty20 and three Tests — still remaining.
“There is no reason to abort a series except for war or acts of god and things like that. I don’t believe that there were any proper explanations for abandoning the tour, certainly not for an argument with your own players’ association,” said Davis, a right-hander who played four Tests in 1965 against Australia.
“Those are things you should deal with before you go on tour. Before you go on tour you sign a contract. You can’t wait until you go on tour to sign a contract and then disagree with the contract.”