Kolkata: With exactly a week left for the deadline for the Indian cricketers to sign the controversial World Cup contract there has not been any progress on the mediation process as sought by the Indian Board to settle the issue.
"Till now there has not been any progress," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Tuesday but suggested that the process might have been delayed because of the New Year holidays. Some progress was expected during the current week, he said. Dalmiya, however, expressed ignorance about any move by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to straightaway go for arbitration to save time as reported in the media.
The BCCI had sought non-binding mediation in South Africa as per the playing nations agreement (PNA) of the World Cup after its negotiations with the ICC to extract some concessions on the player terms failed. As per the PNA, any dispute could be first referred to be dealt with by compulsory non-binding mediation in South Africa.
In case of continued deadlock it could be resolved by arbitration under the rules of the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland. All the 15 members of the Indian World Cup squad have to sign the players' terms by January 14 to make them eligible for the quadrennial meet beginning on February 8 in South Africa.