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A row between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players, over contracts that threatened the participation of their stars in the Twenty20 World Cup, has been resolved with 12 members signing on the dotted line. The remaining three players of the original squad — Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo — have pulled out of the tournament for reasons unrelated to the pay dispute.
Last week, West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy wrote to WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead in an attempt to resolve the dispute between the two parties. "As captain of the (Twenty20) team, I wish that we can settle this matter and focus on preparations for the tournament.
"I want to state on the behalf of the players that we want to play and will represent the West Indies to the best of our abilities", the letter said as quoted by Cricinfo.
The missive does seem to have worked with a majority of the squad now signing contracts. However, things have not been all rosy between the board and the players. In 2014, the one-day international series was abandoned mid-tour following a disagreement between the players, the WICB and the West Indies players association.
Issues between players and the board still exist, which have seen certain star players being excluded from the test squads, a format at which the Windies are struggling and need all the help they can get.
West Indies squad: Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher, Darren Sammy (c), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Chris Gayle, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite.