Trinidad : The West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) has filed a US$20 million lawsuit against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and a High Court judge has reportedly given the board six weeks to respond. The WICB had earlier confirmed it had received documents relating to the lawsuit filed by WIPA that "related to the issuance of no objection certificates (issued to players by WICB) which require players to fulfil international duties for the West Indies team if selected".
According to a report by CMC sport wire and IANS, Justice David Harris of the Trinidad and Tobago High Court, who presided over the filing of the claim last week, has also told the region's cricket administrators that they will have 16 days to appear before the court.
The claim comes on the back of a bitter and protracted dispute between WIPA and WICB over player rights and pay. The two bodies are currently in the middle of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding in an attempt to resolve their differences but the suit is bound to complicate that process.