Gordon Continues To Hope For Resolution To Windies Contract Dispute

Hardbeatnews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thurs. Sept. 29, 2005: Newly-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board, Ken Gordon, has admitted he is disappointed that the contract dispute between the board and the players union remains unresolved but is hopeful that a resolution will be found by December.

Gordon, who is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 Inc., made the comment yesterday, when he addressed members of the Barbados Chamber Of Commerce.

The WICB head reiterated that “their mission” is to “resolve the impasse which has led to so much bitterness between the players and the WICB.”

“This remains our number-one priority,” he said.

Gordon also revealed that if the West Indies Players Association agrees, the Board is prepared to invite the ICC to be a mediator.

He said the Board also hopes that by December 31st they will not only resolve the issue but introduce retainer contracts for a minimum of ten players in the West Indies team; implement a clear plan of action for resolving their financial crisis and engage in personal discussions with the prime ministers of the Caribbean cricket countries to ensure that they are fully briefed on WICB plans.

Gordon, however, admitted, “The task ahead is formidable but if we work together we can and will turn this ship around. I do not interpret failure to find agreement as ill will on anyone’s part – nor disappointment as failure. All this means is that we must try so much harder.” – Hardbeatnews.com