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Windies players end strike after mediator appointed

TIME TO TALK: After a meeting with Guyana’s president, the West Indies Cricket Board and the players union have agreed to resolve their dispute through mediation

REUTERS AND AP , MIAMI AND GEORGETOWN

The striking West Indies players have ended their boycott of the current series with Bangladesh following an agreement to appoint a mediator to resolve their dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

West Indies captain Chris Gayle and 12 other players picked for the first Test with Bangladesh refused to play because of a dispute over payment and contractual issues.

West Indies lost both Tests with the second defeat coming on Monday.

CARICOM

On Tuesday, the WICB and the players union (WIPA) met with the head of the regional economic co-operation body CARICOM, Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo, and agreed to resolve the dispute through mediation.

As part of the agreement, the striking players would make themselves available for selection for the rest of the series.

In a statement issued by Jagdeo’s office, the two parties agreed to have former Commonwealth secretary general Sir Shridath Ramphal handle the talks.

“It was agreed that in the light of the Mediation Agreement which the Parties expect to lead to the resolution of outstanding issues all the players will make themselves available for selection,” read the statement.

ANGRY

WIPA asked Jagdeo to intervene, saying the senior players were angry with the board for allegedly not paying them for tours this year, neglecting to take care of injuries, and for forcing them without consultation to play a Test and one-day series in England in April.

West Indies begin a series of three one day matches against Bangladesh on Sunday.

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