SL cricketers will sign contract if two demands are met

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2002, 22:07 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lankan cricketers said on Sunday they would sign an International Cricket Council contract governing sponsorships of major tournaments if the sport's world body agrees to two demands. The players want a 30 percent share of money the ICC pays the Sri Lankan cricket authority, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, for the team's participation in next month's Champions Trophy tournament and the 2003 World Cup, said association spokesman Graeme Labrooy.The players are also demanding that ICC consult with them before match sponsorship deals are agreed to, Labrooy said. Under the new ICC contract, players are barred from having personal sponsorship deals with companies if the world body has arranged deals with rival firms. At one stage, players from England, Australia, India and South Africa were all refusing to sign contracts. However, in the past few weeks, all have since indicated they will agree to it. The Indian team remains the only one still outright refusing to sign. Sri Lankan cricket board chief executive Anura Tennakoon was scheduled to leave on Sunday for the West Indies where he will meet ICC officials and present the players' demands. Sri Lanka will be hosting the 12-nation ICC Champions Trophy tournament beginning on September 12.

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