Sydney: Australia announced on Thursday that it would send a full-strength team to the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka.
The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) said that both parties would sign a participating nations agreement. But ACA chief executive Tim May said the players would only sign papers subject to the International Cricket Council consulting with them on sponsorship deals. The ICC wants players to sign contracts preventing them from promoting their individual sponsors for 30 days before and after next February's World Cup in South Africa. Leading players from India and England had also baulked at signing the ICC contracts because of concerns over existing sponsorships. A resolution covering the World Cup had yet to be reached, officials said. ACB chief executive James Sutherland said negotiations would be dealt with one tournament at a time and that in a worst-case scenario,players could be financially compensated if their endorsements conflicted with those of the ICC. May has sent the agreement signed by the Australian players to cricket associations overseas and was hopeful it would be used as a model to encourage other countries to commit full-strength squads to the Champions Trophy.
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ACB unsure of full strength team for Champions Trophy