Crawley seeks Cherie Blair~~s help to resolve dispute

Published: Monday, February 11, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Former England batsman John Crawley has asked for the help of the British prime minister's wife Cherie Blair to resolve his bitter dispute with English county club Lancashire, according to the Guardian on Monday.

Crawley, 30, has reportedly resigned and insisted he will never play for Lancashire again after being stripped of the captaincy at the end of last season, despite still being under contract at Old Trafford. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have convened a contracts appeal panel on Friday to resolve the long-running dispute to rule on whether Crawley can leave the club. The paper said Blair, a leading barrister, will be there to represent Crawley. It will not be the first time that Blair has been involved in a high-profile sports case. The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) consulted her when it was in dispute with the Premier League over the distribution of television income and advised former French international David Ginola when he fell out of favour at English Premiership club Aston Villa.

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