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STATING that it could no longer hold off on its claims for US$41.97 millions in losses from the premature abandonment of the contracted tour of India last October, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) until next Tuesday to respond to its demands for compensation.

In a joint e-mail addressed to WICB president Whycliffe Cameron and Caricom Secretary-General Irwin Laroque on Tuesday, honorary secretary Sanjay Patel warned that if the WICB failed to comply within seven days to the requisitions set out in the original letter of October 31 last year, the BCCI would “initiate legal proceedings in the appropriate forum (identified as the courts of India) against the WICB without further intimation”. He referred to Caricom’s request for the BCCI to hold off for 40 days on its initial deadline of 15 days. “The BCCI acquiesced to the same in the hope that an acceptable resolution would be achieved through Caricom’s able mediation,” he stated. “However, it is with regret that the BCCI finds itself in a position where its expectations have remained wholly unfulfilled with there being no progress in finding a solution that is acceptable to the BCCI despite the 40 days time period having long since expired”. “The BCCI cannot any longer hold off from pursuing its claims,” he added. “We hope that Caricom will understand our position”

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