New Delhi: The contracts issue between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) showed no signs of resolution with the game's governing body saying it was ready for arbitration even as it accepted Jagmohan Dalmiya's resignation from one of its committees. In the battle of attrition, ICC president Malcolm Gray on Tuesday said the BCCI was still obliged to send its best team to the World Cup in South Africa.
The ICC promptly accepted Dalmiya's resignation from the World Cup Contracts Committee and said it was prepared to begin the "arbitration process" as quickly as possible but warned that BCCI would have to take the blame if it failed to ensure the participation of its top players after having signed the Participating Nations Agreement. The BCCI would like the matter to go for arbitration process.
We would like to do that as quickly as possible but the BCCI has a legal obligation to get their cricketers to sign the player terms agreement," Gray told 'Zee News'. Gray said ICC wanted the best Indian team to play in the coming World Cup in South Africa and it was now up to the BCCI to meet its legal obligations.
"We want the best Indian team to play, the contractual legal obligation to the BCCI is to field the best team," Gray said. "If the Indian Board is not able to manage its best players, unfortunately there will be large damages and compensation. The ultimate responsibility will reside with the BCCI," the ICC chief said.