Match referee slams Lara~~s bat sponsor

Published: Monday, April 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bridgetown (Barbados): West Indian batting star Brian Lara was told on Sunday that a new bat sponsorship deal was in breach of International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations. Lara used a bat with the logo of the Intertops company, which claimed to be a bat manufacturer, when he made 83 for West Indies in the third Test against South Africa at Kensington Oval Saturday. But match referee Mike Denness of England issued a statement on Sunday saying that bats that displayed the company's logo were in breach of the ICC regulations on advertising. The company announced its deal with Lara while the world record holder was batting on Saturday. It said it had also signed up Lara's teammates Mervyn Dillon and Courtney Walsh. Following Denness' intervention, Dillon used a bat without a logo when he batted Sunday. Intertops marketing consultant David Folb said on Saturday the company was launching a new range of bats. He said the company was based in Antigua and the bats would be made under the supervision of former West Indian captain Richie Richardson. The ICC drew up strict guidelines for bat logos several years ago to ensure that only genuine bat manufacturers displayed logos on bats used by international players. Copyright AFP 2000 AFP

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