Clive Lloyd apologises for abrupt withdrawal of West Indies` from India tour, terms it unfortunate

West Indies cricket team's former captain Clive Lloyd

Johannesburg, Oct 20: West Indies cricket team’s former captain and chief selector Clive Lloyd has apologised for the team’s abrupt withdrawal from India tour due to a pay dispute between the country’s cricket board and the players’ union.

Lloyd said that he apologises for the team leaving, adding that some guys decided to stop this tour and he considers it as a mistake.

According to Sport24, Lloyd expressed hope that relations between the two cricket boards would not suffer due to the incident.

He said that he did not want it to end like this, and added that it is unfortunate West Indies left, and hopes that the damage is not irreparable, the report said.

The West Indies team abandoned the tour after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala on Friday, with one more ODI, a Twenty20 and three Tests remaining in the tour.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose over 50 million dollars in revenue.

The BCCI called for an emergency meeting Tuesday to decide on the issue of claiming damages and raising the matter with the International Cricket Council ( ICC).

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said the board is considering severing bilateral cricket ties with the West Indies, adding that the working committee members would have a dialogue on this and after that they might consider not to pursue further Future Tours Programs with West Indies.

Patel said the BCCI would discuss all these at the working committee.

(With Agency Inputs)

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