London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has welcomed India's decision to name a World Cup squad by the December 31st deadline despite the two bodies being locked on a collision course over contracts for the tournament. ICC president, Malcolm Gray, said that the governing body was seeking nothing more than what the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had committed to when it signed its Participating Nations Agreement (PNA) for the event in March this year.
"The BCCI committed to a series of obligations in its PNA and the most immediate one is to name its squad by 31 December. It is pleasing that it will meet this obligation," Gray said. However, despite agreeing to the deadline, the BCCI decided on Wednesday to back its players in the ongoing row. "We've decided to stand by our players on the ICC World Cup contracts issue," president Jagmohan Dalmiya said.
"Certain restrictive clauses in the proposed ICC contracts are unjustified and the BCCI will not be a party in an attempt to induce the players to break existing contracts," he said. "We are not on a warpath with the ICC and want an amicable solution," he said. Those comments were welcomed by Gray. "The critical issue is to ensure that the best team represents India at the ICC World Cup 2003," he said. "The comments that Dalmiya has the authority to resolve this issue is an indication that the BCCI is fully aware of it responsibilities to the people of India and to world cricket and that it will fulfil them."
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