A long-running pay dispute between the West Indies star players and the board centres on the WICB's refusal to negotiate contracts with anyone other than the West Indies Players' Association
, even though only one of the 15-man squad in India is a WIPA member.
In 2012, the International Cricket Council and FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) intervened to end a stand-off between players and the board over the issue of contracts and the running of West Indies Cricket - between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association
The WICB and the West Indies Players' Association
(WIPA) said they have settled most of the divisive issues, with an arbitration process organized to sort out the remaining concerns.
The West Indies Players' Association
failed to resolve the dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board following two days of talks this week in Bridgetown but the prospect of industrial action by the players was believed to have been averted.
Summary: England claimed a 51-run victory against the West Indies Players' Association
in a warm-up match before the start of the one-day series.
Now, the new sponsors and the West Indies Players' Association
have dug in their heels.
There could still be time for reconciliation, given that the tour is still some way off, and the West Indies players' association
were meeting in Trinidad & Tobago yesterday to decide on the next course of action.
Courtney Walsh, head of the West Indies Players' Association
, revealed that a deal had been struck - including the reinstatement of Lara as captain and Carl Hooper as vice-captain.
And I am particularly proud that one of my first acts as President of the WICB was to launch, in partnership with the West Indies Players' Association
(WIPA), a Retired Players Foundation to get our former greats to become more involved in WICB development programmes.
The dispute between the West Indies Players' Association
and the cricket board is unresolved but Bravo, a vocal critic of the board's treatment of its players in the past, held out an olive branch by confirming that he and his teammates would show their commitment by fronting up for a regional tournament in Guyana later this month.
On Thursday, the West Indies Players' Association
president Dinesh Ramnarine revealed its members would not take part in the two-Test series, and the subsequent limited-overs games, because of the row.
The make-up of the touring party had been in question after talks between the WICB and West Indies Players' Association
representative Dinanath Ramnarine broke down.