Former India Test cricket captain Dilip Vengsarkar believes the decision by West Indies players to abandon their one-day tour of India was an insult to Indian fans, and says the team should be made to answer for its actions.
The outstanding former India batsman was one of several in the local fraternity in Mumbai, India voicing their disapproval over the stance taken by the West Indies one-day team.
“Their cricket, administration and performance on the field, is at its lowest ebb. It can’t get worse really,” said the 58-year-old, who played 116 Tests.
“I would say it is extremely poor to put it mildly and very detrimental to the image of the game. This West Indies team has brought disrepute to the game, mocked at the Indians fans. They should be taken to task for this unpardonable behaviour.
“I am sure the West Indies will have a lot to answer if India takes the case to the ICC.”
In an unprecedented move, West Indies players walked out of the tour following the fourth One-Day International in Dharamsala last Friday, after failing to find resolution with their union, WIPA, over a pay and contracts dispute.
Vengsarkar said the latest controversy characterized how far West Indies had fallen from their glory days.
“Their brand of cricket was unique. They had such natural instincts and attracted people with their classy shows. I feel sad at the West Indies’ decline,” he said.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron, had also reacted angrily to the decision by regional players to withdraw their services in the middle of the tour, using the Facebook social media platform, to say “This feels like an act of terrorism. You destroy a region’s heritage over an internal dispute. You don’t threaten the offender as yet. Unbelievable.”
Cameron chairs an emergency Board meeting in Barbados today at which an agenda-ed thorough assessment of all the ramifications of the ‘move is to be essayed and any action which may be necessary taken.
The players,using team captain Dwayne Bravo as their representative spokesman, accused their Union boss Wavell Hinds of not coming clean on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed between Hinds on behalf of the Players Union and the Board..
Another former India Test batsman Anshuman Gaekwad, who endured some tough battles against the halcyon West Indies teams of the 19870s and 80s, said West Indies’ decline was of their own making.
“It was the most popular cricket team in the world. And also the strongest. It was an honour to do well against the West Indies but the decline of today’s team is self-inflicted,” said the 62-year-old who played 40 Tests.
“Priorities have obviously changed and charisma has gone out of their cricket.” he said.