West Indies players threaten England tour boycott over IPL

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West Indies' spring tour of England could be severely undermined after it emerged five senior players are threatening to withdraw from the series to play in the lucrative IPL. Donald Peters, the chief executive of the West Indies Cricket Board, said a statement would be issued within the next two days detailing whether the players - including the captain, Chris Gayle, and senior batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan - will make themselves available for the tour of England.

"We have players who have been selected for the IPL, and we have a policy on how to deal with this," Peters told Cricinfo. "At this point, the negotiations are still ongoing, and we will inform people of the decision at the appropriate time. We have agreed with the players' association not to make any comment until after the talks. We expect to issue a joint release either later today (Thursday) or tomorrow."

West Indies players are understood to be angered that the tour of England, which coincides with the IPL, was organised last October without their consultation. The series was arranged bi-laterally between the WICB and the ECB after the withdrawal of Sri Lanka - whose players demanded they be allowed to play in the IPL - and falls outside the Future Tours Programme.

The West Indians are due to play their first tour match in England on April 21, just three days after the IPL is due to commence in South Africa, with the first Test scheduled for Lord's from May 6. The players are understood to have been ordered to arrive in England no later than May 1, giving them a maximum of 12 days in the IPL, which pays players on a pro-rata basis. 

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Yikes, another calamity over

Yikes, another calamity over this season's IPL.

England is silly if it thinks it can lure another team in to cover for Zimbabwe during the IPL.

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England has a funny way of

England has a funny way of treating or mistreating its former colonies.

Why are they depriving the people of Zimbabwe of their sport? Mugabe has taken everything away from them.

Does England think that preventing Zimbabwe from taking part in sport will effect Mugabe in any way?

Zimbabwe needs help, something a big brother can offer not the neighborhood bully attitude.

England has been sympathetic to the Tigers and instead of helping a democratic government whole heartedly defeat terrorism they are pressuring Sri Lanka to end the violence on the Tamil tiger terrorist.

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