No word from ICC as India rejects deadline on row
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2002, 20:50 [IST]
'Ball in ICC court to decide on players' request'
New Delhi: India was headed for a confrontation with cricket's world governing body on Thursday after officials refused to accept a deadline to name the team for next month's Champions Trophy. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had set Friday as the last date by which the 12 participating nations had to submit team lists for the Limited Overs tournament in Sri Lanka from September 12-29.But Indian officials, faced with the refusal of senior players to sign sponsorship agreements set by the ICC, said the deadline could not be met. "The issue is beyond our control," admitted Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. "We will select the team only after discussions have been carried out with the ICC." Dalmiya will put forward India's case when the executive board of the ICC meets in an emergency session in Dubai on Saturday and Sunday. India is the only country not to have picked its Champions Trophy squad after the entire Test team currently touring England refused to sign the ICC contracts. On Wednesday, Saurav Ganguly's team offered "for the sake of cricket" to take part in the 18-day tournament without signing the agreements. They said they will also urge their personal sponsors to put advertisement campaigns on hold during that period. But the players' stress they will not sign the contracts that prohibit them from advertising for companies, which are, rivals of official sponsors for the Champions Trophy for 30 days either side of the event. The ICC, however, was equally adamant that only those cricketers who sign the agreement in its totality by Friday can take part in the Champions Trophy. "Since ICC is the author of the document, only it can change it. I don't have any authority. We will do what ICC tells us," Dalmiya said before leaving for Dubai. There was no immediate reaction from the ICC's offices in London on India's refusal to meet the deadline. The BCCI has picked 25 probables from outside the Test squad for the Champions Trophy in case Ganguly and company refused to play.