West Indies ODI Captain Dwayne Bravo clarified what he described ‘some of the inaccurate statements that have been circulating the media regarding the India tour 2014.
Below is Bravo’s letter to the public which was taken from caribbeancricket.com:
“I would like to take the opportunity to clarify some of the inaccurate statements that has been circulating the media regarding the India tour 2014.
Much of the reporting on this situation seems to be concentrating primarily on me and not on the fact that the action taken was in concert with all of the members of the squad. Only of late it appears that the action was taken by all but one of the WI squad in India.
I wish to state for the record that all correspondence sent and decisions taken were with the full agreement and consent of the players on tour including the current test captain Mr Denish Ramdin and the T/20 Captain Mr Darren Sammy. It was agreed that someone needed to correspond with WIPA after we were presented with the match/tour contract in India when it became evident that the terms and conditions were very different from what we were accustomed to and expected. The team members met and I, as Captain, was nominated and accepted the responsibility to correspond on behalf of the players on tour and I will continue to do so as designated.
I note the comments attributed to Mr. Marlon Samuels from media reports and wish to state that Mr. Samuels was invited to and did attend the majority of meetings with the players on tour. We extended an invitation to Mr. Marlon Samuels with the full knowledge that he is not a member of WIPA but was an interested party. Mr. Samuels contributed vigorously to the discussions held and indicated clearly, at that time, that he would stand with any decision taken by the team. I am therefore shocked to see the statements, if true, that have been attributed to Mr. Samuels.
I want to say on behalf of the players in the squad, while we are grateful for the tremendous support and understanding shown to us by our colleagues, friends and fans around the world and in particular those in the Caribbean and India, we recognize that a few have attempted to put the blame squarely on the players without the full knowledge of the facts. This is regrettable since a few persons are making statements without knowing all the relevant facts. In time we believe all the facts will come to light.
We do not wish to make any further statements on this matter since the players on tour (except Mr. Samuels) with some additional players who did not tour India have appointed Counsel to represent them in this matter.
We look forward to a speedy resolution and that our concerns, and that of all players including the first class players, are addressed in a satisfactory and timely manner”.
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