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BCCI to stand by players, rejects ICC's offer

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2002, 0:47 [IST]
 
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Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday rejected the 'final offer' of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the contracts issue and called for scrutiny of the World Cup sponsorship agreements while emphasising that the Board would firmly back the players.

The special general meeting of the Board, which deliberated on the contentious issue for nearly four hours here, also decided to select the final squad of 15 players for the World Cup by the December 31 deadline while empowering president Jagmohan Dalmiya to take any further action in the matter. "The Board felt that it was necessary to ascertain whether the rights given to the World Cup sponsors under the Sponsorship Agreements were in consonance with the decisions of the ICC Executive Board," the BCCI president Dalmiya told reporters after the meeting. He further said, "If excessive rights were granted to the sponsors then BCCI, as a stakeholder, should not be called upon to suffer financial losses."

When reminded of the criticism of this stand of the BCCI by ICC president Malcolm Gray a couple of days ago, Dalmiya said, "These issues should not be brushed aside on the pretext of being 'outdated' and 'irrelevant'. Rather it should face scrutiny." The Board members also issued a threat to the Indian sponsors of the World Cup asking them to "grant dispensations" to the India cricketers so that they can participate in the cup and if, "they did not look after the larger interest of the country and its cricket then BCCI should review its commercial relations with them in future".

"The Board felt it was necessary to ascertain whether the rights given to the World Cup sponsors under the Sponsorship Agreements were in consonance with the decisions of the ICC Executive Board," Dalmiya told reporters after the meeting. "If excessive rights were granted to the sponsors then BCCI, as a stakeholder, should not be called upon to suffer financial losses," Dalmiya said.

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