Wavell Hinds, president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), has described as surprising, claims by West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, that the organisation has not represented their best interest as it relates to contracts for ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India next month.Sammy, in a recent letter to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), claimed that a reduction in payments for players to participate in the tournament, has ran contrary to their expectations, and, as a result, members squad, are seeking a renegotiation.However, Hinds, whose entity has been at loggerheads with several of its senior playing members, especially since their aborted tour of India in October 2014, has defended negotiated contracts between WIPA and the WICB, saying that what has been arrived at represents the “best interest” of all players in the region.”I am surprised that they (World Twenty20 squad players) are behaving this way, as the information (based on new payments) would have been disseminated to them nine months ago,” stated Hinds.”I was present at all the meetings, and Darren Sammy was not, so I think he is speaking on information he has gotten.”[However], as far as I am concerned the team that I lead, and the executive that I lead, and the members of the (WIPA) negotiating team, did all the best that they could to get the best.”He continued: “This was not just for a selected group of players, but for all the players of the region, including first-class players.”Currently serving his fourth year as president, Hinds explained that the contracts were negotiated based on new payment conditions stipulated by the WICB, as a result of changes at the International Cricket Council (ICC) level.This, he continued, has subsequently resulted in players being offered less money as compared to the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012.LESS MONEY”In February 2014, the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreed to have a new payment scale for its members, and this took effect January 2016,” said Hinds.”The new (players’) remuneration package is therefore based on current commercial revenues available to the WICB, and not that of commercial revenue that obtained in 2012 when the West Indies won the tournament.”There is no specific fees for Twenty20 World Cups anymore. Its ICC Events payments,” he stressed.Hinds also expressed that the disbursement of monies from the ICC has also change with payments now being collectively issued twice per year over a new four- and eight-year period, in comparison, to it’s prior one-off payment regimes.Hinds, in further explaining the new payment structure, also said that player match fees for Twenty20 World Cup has been increased from US$1,750 to US$6,900.This is in addition to an incentive 80 per cent of prize money won, and 50 per cent of sponsorship fees, should there be any.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”