The three parties sat down in an emergency meeting on Sunday night in Kingston to begin thrashing out the matter that led players to abandon the ODI tour of India two weeks ago, and also scupper the subsequent three-Test series.

"The meeting was cordial, positive and fruitful, and discussions will continue in an effort to find a way forward following the premature end of the tour of India," said a joint statement released by the WICB on Monday.

The meeting was attended by WICB president Dave Cameron, director Don Wehby and their legal counsel Luke Hamel-Smith, while WIPA was represented by president and chief executive Wavell Hinds, secretary Wayne Lewis and attorney Patrick Foster QC.

Prominent Barbadian QC Ralph Thorne represented the players, along with Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons.

Marlon Samuels, who is not a member of WIPA, has also not retained legal counsel.

All-rounders Andre Russell and Jason Holder were present. The talks represent the first move to resolve the impasse stemming from the players' anger over the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, signed recently between the WICB and WIPA.

Players have argued it results in a drastic reduction in their earnings and have called for a return to the old CBA.

They have also called for Hinds' resignation and wrote to inform the WICB that WIPA no longer had the authority to act as their bargaining agent.

The India tour was abandoned after the fourth ODI in Dharamsala, with a fifth match in Kolkata and a single Twenty20 in Cuttack remaining. The Test series was scheduled to start on October 30.

Players involved in Windies pay dispute join SA league

Meanwhile, four of the players who controversially quit the recent one-day international (ODI) cricket tour of India have signed contracts to play in South Africa's Ram Slam Twenty20 League.

ODI captain Dwayne Bravo, Windies T20 skipper Darren Sammy, along with Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have all been announced by Cricket South Africa as playing in the tournament which bowls off on Sunday and finishes December 12.

International T20 star Chris Gayle, who did not tour India because of an injury, has also signed up to represent Lions franchise.

"I am delighted to announce that our Franchises have recruited some of the world's best T20 players," said tournament director Graeme Smith.

"In my discussions with all the superstars it has been satisfying to note their eagerness to play in the Ram Slam as they regard South Africa as one of the best cricket Leagues in the world,” he added.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat added: "We are determined to raise the standard and profile of our domestic cricket and there is no doubt that these top class international players will entertain our fans over the next six weeks."

Bravo will turn out for Dolphins, Sammy will play for the Titans, Pollard will suit up for Cape Cobras while Russell will be on the Knights' roster.

However, Bravo is set to miss the first match of the series for Dolphins but the other Windies players are expected to be available for the entire league.

Bravo was at the centre of the recent imbroglio, leading the West Indies players fight with their union, WIPA, over the new terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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