At first it was $600K+, now $42M

After the West Indian players pulled out of the Indian tour after 4 ODIs, with 1 T20I and 3 tests remaining, it was reported that the BCCI would sue the WICB to recover damages. At that time, the amount mentioned was something over $600K USD, perhaps incorrectly.

However, yesterday, BCCI decided that, as they put it, the “monumental disaster”, was worth a $41.97M USD damage claim against the West Indies Cricket Board. Many media and Web sites (including ESPN CricInfo.com) are reporting that number.

There’s not much to say. India could say $600K+ USD, $42M USD, $1B USD, or any number, but we know the following:

1. West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cannot afford it.

2. India did not cause the issue between the players, the players association (WIPA) and the WICB, so they obviously didn’t deserve to be punished by the players’ pull-out.

3. West Indies players who decided to strike will be punished severely for the bad publicity, even if no money is exchanged ultimately between the two boards.

4. West Indies cricket needs an over-due overhaul, from Board, to Players Association (WIPA), to players, to the grass root level (high schools and club cricket).

5. Marlon Samuels is either a loyal West Indian cricketer, a snake, a wise man, or any combination thereof.

Sports man and woman dem from T&T, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Windward Is, Leeward Is, and outside the Caribbean, what do you say?






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