President of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) Wavell Hinds has called on T20 Captain Darren Sammy to justify claims made against the association over a payment standoff between players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
In a letter to WICB Chief Executive Officer Michael Muirhead, Sammy, who said he was acting on behalf of the T20 squad, charged that WIPA is not a legitimate representative.
“As a group, we don’t accept that WIPA can represent us. WIPA became conflicted during its negotiations with you and compromised itself,” Sammy wrote, while demanding increased wages for players set to participate in the upcoming World T20 tournament.
“It could not and did not actively represent the best interests of all West Indies cricketers and is a major reason we are having this discussion,” the letter added.
In response, Hinds asked Sammy to substantiate the claims.
“That claim about becoming conflicted and being compromised was made by Mr Sammy, and only he knows why he would say that. It would be interesting to see him substantiate that claim with empirical evidence,” Hinds, also the WIPA chief executive officer, told OBSERVER ONLINE on Wednesday.
Hinds added that players were privy to changes to the payment structure at a WICB retreat in Barbados in May 2015.
“It is quite surprising that players are now expressing objection at the new payment structure when it was communicated from in May,” he said.
There has been heavy tension between West Indies cricketers and WIPA since a fallout in late 2014 during the abandoned India tour. That abandonment sprang from a similar payment dispute.