BCCI meet to finalise stand on contract row begins

Published: Wednesday, December 25, 2002, 19:49 [IST]
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Kolkata: The crucial emergent general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) started its deliberations on Wednesday to finalise its stand on the contentious players contract issue for the World Cup in February. Representatives of 30 affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from all over the country have assembled here to participate in the discussion which is likely to lead to another showdown with the International Cricket Council (ICC) following toughening of stands by both sides.

ICC has already issued a warning to BCCI that its failure to accept the final offer of concession in the players term would evoke huge damage claim. BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya who had been negotiating with the ICC over the issue for more then two months has earlier indicated that the offer falls short of what the BCCI has been asking for during recent discussions. ICC had insisted that the Indian players had to accept restrictions on personal endorsement of products in direct conflict with those of official sponsors for a period of 30 days before and five days after the world cup, apart from during the tournament.

The official sponsors would also have the right to use the images of the players for three months after the World Cup. BCCI wants restrictions on personal endorsement only during the World Cup while it insists that players with pre existing conflicting contracts should not be called for imaging and for others it should be only for two months after the World Cup.

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