ICC still ignoring our views: Players

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2001, 18:24 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been accused of continuing to ignore the views of players despite calls to give them a greater involvement in the running of the game in the anti-corruption report released on Wednesday. The Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) launched a stinging attack on the ICC, accusing the body of failing to implement one of the key recommendations of Paul Condon's anti-corruption unit (ACU) report. Condon's report recommended players should be given a bigger say in how cricket is run. But, FICA accused ICC of failing to take notice of the recommendation by not bothering to invite players representatives to a meeting called this week to discuss playing conditions. "Despite the ICC's earlier knowledge of the recommendations within the report, the office bearers of the ICC have chosen to exclude representatives of FICA from the ICC cricket committee meeting," the FICA statement said. "The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss amendments to the international playing conditions which would remain in place for the next three years. "To exclude the views of the players and their representatives reflects the inflexible and high-handed attitude of the administrative and threatens the well- being of the game for the foreseeable future." FICA joint chief executive David Graveney, who is also chairman of England's selectors, added, "This meeting is important because it will decide what is going to happen in the game for the next three years yet the players are not even allowed around the table." Graveney agreed with other aspects of Condon's report concerning dressing room security. The report called for the introduction of security managers at international grounds to maintain dressing room privacy and to stop unauthorised individuals being in a position to tempt players into corruption. "Away from the UK, people seem to be just able to walk along and knock on the dressing room door without being questioned although we have to look carefully at individuals' privacy when it comes to monitoring phone calls and things like," Graveney added. Graveney was in favour of Condon's call for players to receive more money as a protection against bribery. "The more money the better, as long as it is done on a fair basis. "The higher that players get paid, the less the temptation, but there are certain situations on the sub-continent where players only get paid when they play, which is a bit of a hazardous existence."

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