Contract dispute nearing an end?
As reported here a week ago, Bermuda's players boycotted a training session in protest against new contracts proposed by the Bermuda Cricket Board in mid-September. A little more about the problems behind the dispute has emerged amidst reports that the dispute could be resolved by the time Bermuda leave for Kenya in three weeks time.
It seems the dispute is primarily a financial one. Previously, the players were employed part-time, meaning they received a salary from their employers and the BCB. The new full-time contracts, which only run to the end of the year, would mean the players leaving their full-time jobs, and in some cases would mean a cut in overall salary.
Neil Speight, the chief executive of the BCB, told Bermuda's Royal Gazette that the training incident was "water under the bridge" and that the original proposal was "merely a draft". He also said that he was confident the dispute will be resolved before the team leaves for Africa, for several ODIs, in addition to two vital Intercontinental Cup games.