BCCI~~s Marketing Committee to meet tomorrow

Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The much-awaited Players' Contracts and the contentious television rights issue willtop the agenda when the re-constituted Marketing Committee of the Cricket Board meets here tomorrow.

The Committee, headed by BCCI President Sharad Pawar himself, is also expected to take a decision on team sponsorship. Sahara's sponsorship contract expired on November30 but was extended upto the Test series against Sri Lanka in view of elections to the Board.

The Players' Contracts have been put on the backburner for long and Pawar had admitted his concern over the delay in its finalisation immediately after his election to the toppost late last month.

"We have to finalise the players' contract with top most priority. This cannot be delayed any more. We also understand the contract with Sahara has ended. They have extended the contract for Sri-Lanka series only. Hence the marketing committee will have to look for a suitable sponsor to replace them and this is second in our priority list," Pawar had said.

Considering that the Pakistan tour is hardly a month away, the Committee would have to show urgency in resolving the imbroglio over telecast rights as well as the newcontracts for cricketers.

The Marketing Committee, which has three former BCCI Presidents as members -- I S Bindra, A C Muthiah and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, also has in its ranks all the five vice-presidents including firebrand Rajasthan Cricket Association chief Lalit Modi.

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