London: The Indian cricket team has opposed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) insistence on signing its marketing deal for next month's ICC Champion's Trophy in Sri Lanka.
"The players are united in their opposition to ICC's ambush policy, which they feel will adversely affect their financial interests," the manager of the touring Indian cricket team Ranga Reddy told BBC Hindi service in the first comment on the raging controversy.
Reddy, according to a press release by BBC, said, "We could have got the new players to sign the deal (of ICC) but they too feel that the new policy is not just. For us, the more important thing is team unity. "The players are of the view that it is not the Indian cricket board but the ICC which is to be blamed fully for the controversy," he said.
Reddy's comments came a day after ICC chief Malcolm Speed asked the cricketers to choose between money and playing for the country in the context of the controversy over participating nations' agreement. The deadline for the players to sign the ICC marketing deal expires on Friday.