ICC moots hefty fines for cancelling tours
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2001, 18:41 [IST]
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New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering imposition of hefty financial penalties on countries that fail to honour their tour obligations. The next week's Executive Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur will discuss a proposal to impose a penalty of up to $ 2 million, or the budgeted gross revenue of the tour, whichever is less, on countries who default on tour obligations. However, the fine will not apply to countries who are forced to cancel a tour due to circumstances beyond their control like natural disasters, war or any security threat to their players, ICC said in a release here. In cases of cancellation of a Test series, the non-offending country would deem to have won the series and would receive two points for the ICC Test championship. A Disputes Committee is also proposed to be set up to decide debated cases in this regard. The meeting, to be held on October 18 and 19, will also discuss tougher measures for checking indiscipline of players and the feasibility of a One-day international ranking system on the lines of Test rankings. The Executive Board meeting will be followed by meetings of Finance and Marketing Committee and Cricket Committee (Management). The match referees are proposed to be given more powers to curb indiscipline of players during matches.