Sydney: The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) will address the national One-day squad next week over the sponsorship stalemate, which threatens the World Cup and next month's Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has signed up a number of official sponsors for the Trophy, effectively a mini World Cup, but many leading players have agreements with rival firms. However, the ICC is determined to support its backers if those competing companies try to take a piggyback ride on the event through so-called 'ambush marketing'. ACA chief executive Tim May said he met with the ACB on Thursday, with both parties hopeful of resolving any conflict before the September 12 Champions Trophy. New Zealand's players on Thursday confirmed they would sign the controversial players' terms for the Champions Trophy. New Zealand Cricket Players' Association (NZCPA) executive manager Heath Mills advised players to sign because they were covered under existing contracts. Mills said his association was focused on an international solution. "That is why we want to see it moved forward because some New Zealand players could be in the same boat one day," Mills said. The ICC has asked national Boards to ensure their best teams are available for leading events. Failure to do so could result in legal action from angry sponsors. The World Cup, to be held in South Africa next February and March, faces the same problem because the ICC won't budge on its intention to fully protect its major sponsors. That creates a potential conflict of interest for some of cricket's biggest names.
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