WC 2003 - ICC gives final offer on contracts issue to BCCI

Published: Friday, December 20, 2002, 2:42 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday gave its final offer on contracts issue to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), incorporating a series of concessions, and threatened it with penalties if it failed to ensure the participation of its best available team in the next year's World Cup. The concessions include a 25-day reduction in the period after an ICC tournament for which the ambush marketing clause would be applied. Under the original clause, the players were barred from endorsing products which were in a conflict of interest to the official sponsors of the tournament for a period of 30 days before the event, during the event and 30 days after it.But, the clause would now be valid only for five days after the event, the ICC said in a statement. The validity period of the image clause, under which the official sponsors were allowed to use player images till sixmonths after an ICC event, has also been reduced to three months.Some more unspecified restrictions have been imposed on the use of player images by ICC sponsors in order "to avoid any suggestion of a personal endorsement by the players". In making its offer, the ICC World Cup Contracts Committee (WCCC) emphasised that BCCI remained obligated to both participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 and to send its best team to the event, the statement said.ICC president Malcolm Gray said WCCC had also advised BCCI that if it fails to meet its commitments it will face the potential of large compensation claims being made against it. "It is impossible to quantify the level of claims before the event but it is clear that if the BCCI does not meet its obligations and there are damage claims made as a result, the BCCI faces the potential of these claims being made against it for not delivering on its contract," Gray was quoted assaying in the statement. PTI

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