West Indies' spring tour of England could be severely undermined after it emerged five senior Caribbean players were threatening to withdraw from the series and play in the lucrative IPL.
Talks between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players' Association ended after two days without any progress in the ongoing dispute between them, and players including Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan are understood to be considering standing down from national duties in protest.
As things stand, most of the senior West Indies players are on central contracts which expire at the end of the England series. These were supposed to have been renegotiated some time back, but one insider close to the negotiations told Cricinfo the board were "not protecting the interest s of sponsors and key stakeholders" by failing to do ensure that was done.
The insider told Cricinfo the players were "exceptionally greedy" adding that "it's Groundhog Day every year".
Last Friday, players refused to start three domestic one-day matches, while the national team blanked out Digicel branding on their kit with masking tape during the ODI against England. A number of the team also boycotted a Digicel event in Guyana at the weekend.
Dinanath Ramnarine, WIPA's chief executive who resigned from the WICB executive last week, refused to comment as he left the meeting in Bridgetown. It is believed that further talks are planned for early next week.