Four of the players who controversially quit the recent one-day tour of India have signed contracts to play in South Africa’s Ram Slam Twenty20 League.
One-day captain Dwayne Bravo, Windies T20 skipper Darren Sammy, along with Kieron Pollard and André Russell have all been announced by Cricket South Africa to play in the tournament, which bowls off Sunday and finishes on December 12, by which time a West Indies senior team should be in South Africa for their December 10 to January 28, 2015 tour.
International T20 star Chris Gayle, who did not tour India because of injury, has also signed up to represent the Lions franchise in the Ram Slam.
Bravo will turn out for Dolphins; Sammy will play for the Titans; Pollard will suit up for Cape Cobras; while Russell will be on the Knights’ roster.
Bravo was at the centre of the recent imbroglio leading the West Indies players fight with their union, WIPA, over the new terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement.
Talks to resolve the latest spat have been initiated and have been described as “cordial, positive, and fruitful”.
The three parties sat down in an emergency meeting on Sunday in Kingston to begin thrashing out the matter that led players to abandon the one-day tour of India two weeks ago and also scupper the subsequent three-Test series.
“The meeting was cordial, positive, and fruitful, and discussions will continue in an effort to find a way forward following the premature end to the tour of India,” said a joint statement released by the WICB yesterday.
The meeting was attended by WICB president Dave Cameron, Director Don Wehby, and their legal counsel, Luke Hamel-Smith, while WIPA was represented by president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, secretary Wayne Lewis, and attorney Patrick Foster, QC.
Prominent Barbadian QC Ralph Thorne represented the players, along with Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, and Lendl Simmons.
Marlon Samuels, who is not a member of WIPA, has also not retained legal counsel.
All-rounders André Russell and Jason Holder were present.
The talks represent the first move to resolve the impasse and clear the way for West Indies to undertake the tour to South Africa with their top players.