Windies players object to pay cut ahead of World T20

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Port of Spain (Trinidad), Feb 10 (IANS) Fresh controversy appears to be brewing between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the squad preparing to participate in the T20 World Cup in India, according to media reports.

The players, captained by all-rounder Darren Sammy, are objecting to a 75 percent pay cut imposed by the WICB ahead of the World Cup, set to begin on March 8 in INdia, reports CMC.

Sammy has reportedly written to the WICB requesting an urgent meeting to be held on February 14, the Valentine’s Day.

“We want to propose that we participate in the T20 World Cup 2016 under the same conditions that we have represented the West Indies in previous tournaments,” Sammy wrote in his letter on Tuesday.

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Sammy has been quoted as saying that the West Indies players will each earn $21,000 if they participate compared to $135,000 received from the last tournament.

The WICB will receive $8 million for the team’s participation and more if they advance.

Only one player on the West Indies team is said to be represented by the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA).

Eleven of the players on the squad were part of the West Indies team that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 in Sri Lanka.

The fresh controversy between the WICB and the T20 squad is brewing about a year and a half after the squad called off their tour of India abruptly over a longstanding payment structure dispute.

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