ICC offer incentive to West Indies

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered the wrangling West Indies Cricket Board and leading players an extra incentive to finally resolve their dispute.

The Caribbean body has selected a weakened squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, which gets under way in South Africa on September 22.

The Windies preparations have been overshadowed by the loss of striking stars like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, but as yet there has still been no progress in negotiations.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat insists the Windies will be given special dispensation from the rule about squad selection, however, should the row come to an end in time.

"The West Indies cricket board and the player situation is quite complex," he said. "We've accepted it is absolutely their right to determine the team based on whatever the challenges are that they face, who is available and who is not.

"We have indicated to them that we understand the extent of the challenge they are facing, and if there is an opportunity for them, if they resolve the issue and wish to change the team, we will try and do it as late in the day as possible."

The former champions open up against Pakistan on September 23 so there is little time to manoeuvre, although talks are still believed to be ongoing. Cricket365
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