BCCI puts-off naming team, sure of solving row
Published: Saturday, August 17, 2002, 0:13 [IST]
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New Delhi: Indian cricket officials on Friday said they were confident of soon resolving a row over sponsorship despite putting off naming their squad for next month's Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka for the second time in a week. "The team will be announced after players sign the ICC (International Cricket Council) contract. I'm confident it'll be done in a few days," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah said.The national selectors were on Friday due to announce the 14-member team for the Limited Overs tournament starting in Colombo on September 12. The side was originally to be picked on Monday, but the decision was postponed as Indian cricketers were reluctant to sign the ICC contract, fearing it might harm their financial interests. The contract states that players cannot have endorsement deals that are in conflict with official ICC sponsors a month before and after an ICC tournament. Some key Indian cricketers, including batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, have been hesitant as they have agreements with companies that are in competition with ICC sponsors. The BCCI had asked for more details from the ICC before announcing the team for the Colombo tournament, Shah said. "Things are now moving in the right direction. We're in touch with the ICC and our players. I can't give the details right now, but am confident the contract issue will be resolved in a couple of days," Shah said. Australian and Indian cricketers are among those who yet to sign the contracts.