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    West Indies players, board seal deal
    published: Wednesday | August 9, 2006

    West Indies captain Brian Lara ... called for quick resolution to crisis. - Reuters

    THE WEST Indies players have received the green light from their union, the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), to tour Singapore and Malaysia for the upcoming tri-series involving India and Australia.

    Late last week, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said after talks had broken down with WIPA, that it had sent invitations to 14 players to make themselves available for the tri-nations series.

    However, in a release yesterday signed by both parties, they have reached an agreement "in the interest of Caribbean cricket".

    "Both parties recognise the goodwill which has made this agreement possible and restate their desire to improve the earnings of the board and the players whenever practicable," stated the release, signed by WIPA president Dinanath Ramnarine and WICB president Ken Gordon.

    "For its part, the WICB will pay an additional premium to the players for the forthcoming series of US$100,000 for four games and US$50,000 if the team qualifies for the final. The full payment will therefore amount to US$600,000 for the four games and US$300,000 for the final. This figure represents 30 per cent of the revenue earned from the series," the release said.

    The agreement came on the heels of captain Brian Lara's call for a quick solution to the problem.

    Settle differences

    Lara urged both parties to settle their differences, stating that he was looking forward to leading a full strength squad for the tri-series.

    This latest offer will be added to last week's figures of US$25,000-plus for players at the lower end of the scale to US$59,000-plus at the higher end of the scale, net of expenses for four one-day matches with the prospect of each player earning an additional 50 per cent on those fees if the West Indies qualified for the final.

    Though this, according to the WICB, represented an unprecedented 488 per cent on normal match tour fees and 25 per cent of the net revenue to be paid to the WICB for the series, WIPA wanted US$40,000 at the lower end of the player scale and US$95,000 at the higher end, representing 40 per cent of the net revenue to be paid to the board and a premium of 847 per cent on normal match tour fees. In its statement, also last week, WIPA accused the WICB of "not wanting" to reach a solution.

    "During the course of the negotiations WIPA reduced its initial proposal on two occasions to the WICB as part of a compromise. On the other hand, the WICB has not done the same regarding its first proposal which remained its final proposal," WIPA said in its statement.

    Squad: Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels and Wavell Hinds.


    Players salaries, as far as I know, in the top leagues of the world is public knowledge. The various payments and incentives offered tosome of the topteams werepostedon the FIFA website.</FO
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