'I'll comment on contract row after finding out

Published: Friday, January 10, 2003, 22:17 [IST]
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Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday reserved comment on the conditional signing of the controversial World Cup contract by Indian cricketers saying that he would speak only after ascertaining all the facts.

"I will not say anything today (Friday), first let me ascertain all the facts," Dalmiya told when approached for comment on the report that all 15 members of the India's World Cup squad signed the player terms in New Zealand. When asked whether the players signed the forms on instruction from the BCCI, Dalmiya said, "I will answer all your queries tomorrow".

According to a report from Auckland Indian players signed the terms after declaring their non-acceptance to a few contentious clauses in it. Dalmiya had been negotiating with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to extract concessions in the terms before the matter hit a dead end.

He resigned from the ICC World Cup contract committee on December 30 with the BCCI deciding to go for compulsory non-binding mediation in South Africa on the issue as per the playing nations agreement (PNA). As per PNA, the deadline for signing the player terms contract was January 14.

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