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Thatscricket - News - ICC panel to thrash out contract row on Monday

Published: Sunday, September 29, 2002, 0:05 [IST]
 
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Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will seek to find a strategy to avoid any more controversy over its sponsorship policy at its crucial board meeting here on September 30."At the board meeting on Monday, we will be putting forward a strategic plan that will hopefully ensure that this does not flare up again," ICC president Malcolm Gray told reporters on Saturday.The sponsorship row, which threatened to rob the ongoing Champions Trophy of its glitz by making it difficult for top stars to agree to the players' terms, is expected to crop up again ahead of the World Cup due to be held in South Africa and Zimbabwe early next year."There is always a potential for it," Gray conceded, but added that he was banking on common sense to prevail. The ICC had managed to forge a compromise to save the Champions Trophy by such an approach, he said.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Another issue that the board, which comprises heads of national boards from a dozen countries, is slated to discuss is that of players representation, but Gray virtually ruled out recognising the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA)."It's the belief of the ICC board that FICA does not fully represent all international players, as some national boards do not like their players forming associations," Gray said. ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said ICC was not averse to including players' representatives on its board, but right now there was no truly representative forum. The ICC would not interfere with the sovereignty of national boards in the matter of permitting player associations, he said.An earlier recommendation for recognising FICA had failed to muster the required majority in the ICC board, with four or five countries vigorously opposing player representation. However, Speed said, there was a related proposal to restructure the ICC's cricket committee - playing to include representatives of captains. If this was approved, the committee itself could deal with issues concerning players' rights, he added.On the possibility of resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties, Gray said the political situation in the two countries was "rather fluid". Efforts would continue to influence the Indian government to allow cricketing relationswith Pakistan, he said.Gray said it was "very sad" that that Pakistan Cricket Board was unable to host international matches due to security concerns. The ICC had been trying to assist PCB, especially in financial aspects, he said.There was a proposal before the ICC board to create a fund from which member nations unable to host matches under such circumstances could borrow against future revenues to offset their financial losses, he said.Speed was happy that despite troubles over contract issues, the most outstanding teams made it to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy and the best teams were playing in the final. PTI

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