No more sops, it's up to BCCI to honour commitment

Published: Monday, December 30, 2002, 16:14 [IST]
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New Delhi: International Cricket Council on once again passed on the buck to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying it was up to the Indian Board now to honour its commitments and send the best possible team to the upcoming World Cup. Firmly ruling out any further concessions, ICC president Malcolm Gray said the BCCI would have to deal with the situation now as it had been party to the contract signed with the official sponsors.

"The one thing that is quite clear is that BCCI has to deal with it. A practical approach will have to be taken and common sense should prevail," Gray told Indian news channels on telephone from Melbourne. "All ICC is doing is wanting BCCI to honour its commitments to world cricket," Gray said. Gray denied that ICC had given excessive rights to its official sponsors.

"That's not correct. Rights are virtually the same that existed in the previous World Cup and granted to sponsors of every major sport event. "There is nothing new in these rights. Everybody knew about them including the BCCI and agreed to those rights."

Gray said while ICC was always prepared to listen and to try and find a practical solution to the matter, it was now up to BCCI to honour its commitments. "I think over the last month or two the ICC and the sponsors have made considerable concessions. I hope with those concessions the Indian Board, whose job it is to manage its players, is able to meet their commitments," he said.

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