Kiwis refuse to sign contracts over image rights

Published: Monday, July 24, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Christchurch:As the contract battle heats up in the Caribbean, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is also on a collision course with players, who are refusing to sign their personal sponsorship rights to the board.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the NZC wants the players to agree to sign contracts which would not allow the cricketers to earn from personal endorsements in ICC events.

The daily reported that the issue has delayed the signing of the new contracts -- originally scheduled to be signed on June 1 -- and threatens to raise quite a storm in the coming weeks.

The NZC -- with about 25 million dollar turnover per year -- wants to avoid a confrontation with the ICC, which might take action if the players refuse to follow the set norms.

The negotiations between the NZC and the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association are on but neither of the two sides is willing to give out any details.

Both sides continue to insist that the contracts have been ''agreed in the interim to proceed as if the new agreement is fully agreed.'' The Kiwi players reportedly have strong objections against the ICC's regulation and see it as a denial to earn. The Black Caps reportedly believe that their ''image is their personal property''.

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