The task force was set up by the West Indian board after the national team decided to discontinue the tour post playing four One-day Internationals after a pay dispute between players and the board. They were to play the fifth and final ODI, a Twenty20 match and three Tests.

Besides blaming West Indies cricket's stakeholders, the task force, headed by attorney Michael Gordon, another lawyer Richard Cheltenham and legendary former fast bowler Wes Hall, also laid out eight recommendations ranging from clear guidelines for players' contracts to appointing a team psychologist for touring parties, in order to prevent a similar debacle in future.
     
"There is something fundamentally wrong in sending a team to faraway places with only an historical view of their terms of employment and then to radically change those historical terms after they arrive in that distant place," said the task force report, which was made public late last night.

"Both Michael Muirhead and Dave Cameron, CEO and president, respectively of the Board, took the view that it was an enforceable contract.
     
"Wavell Hinds (WIPA president) on the other hand was equally firmly of the view that the September MOU was not in and of itself a contract but rather an agreed understanding that would lead to a collective bargaining agreement in much the same way as the prior MOU/CBA arrangement had worked," the task force added in its report.
     
"This was fundamental. It is a trite law that if two parties to a negotiation do not agree on the effect of a document coming out of these negotiations then there is no meeting of the minds and hence no enforceable contract.

"The Board and WIPA were attempting a sea-change in the financial arrangements for West Indian professional cricketers without ensuring that there was understanding and acceptance by the WICB's employees, the touring cricketers.''

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