ICC says no to Sahara, adds fuel to India~~s problems
Published: Monday, September 2, 2002, 1:36 [IST]
Indians awaiting "official response" from BCCI
New Delhi: Cricket's world governing body on Sunday widened a rift with India's star players by refusing to accept the team's official sponsor at this month's Champions Trophy. The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected India's plea to allow the players to wear the logo of Sahara India, the team's official sponsor for Test and One-day Internationals, at the September 12-29 tournament in Sri Lanka.Sahara India, whose wide-ranging businesses include a domestic airline, is considered to be a rival of one of ICC's official sponsors, South African airlines, an ICC release said. ICC president, Malcolm Gray of Australia, said it was essential that the ICC's commercial partners were protected. "South African Airways is an important partner of the ICC and the ICC members have reaffirmed their commitment to protect its partners rights," the release quoted Gray as saying. The ICC's directive creates further headaches for India's embattled cricket chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya, as he tries to persuade the country's top players to take part in the Champions Trophy.