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Aussie cricketers, CA locked in sponsorship row

Published: Sunday, February 4, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney:Australian cricketers are on a collision course with their board after talks to resolve a sponsorship row between the two sides ended in a stalemate.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, the Aussies cricketers are not very pleased with their new team sponsor Commonwealth Bank as contractual obligations are so wide ranging that they stop them from signing up for a large number of personal endorsements.

The report said opener batsman Matthew Hayden and skipper Ricky Ponting have lost lucrative deals because of the Commonwealth Bank's extensive ''category protection'' for the 6.5 million dollars agreement with Cricket Australia.

Ponting's manager Sam Halvorsen admitted that his client's personal endorsement deals were becoming limited due to the ''breadth of protection being sought by Cricket Australia for the CBA''.

''It is almost impossible for a senior player not to have some involvement in sponsorship in financial services, whether it's a golf day or something more meaningful, because it is such a broad area,'' Halvorsen said.

Halvorsen confirmed that the talks between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) had failed to resolve the dispute.

''We haven't come to a resolution at this stage but we're continuing to work through the issue with Cricket Australia,'' ACA spokeswoman Tarryn Paten said.

Meanwhile, CA said despite the latest setback they were hopeful of settling the matter.

''Just because mediation hasn't got us to the finishing line yet doesn't mean our ongoing discussions won't result in a positive outcome,'' a CA spokesman was quoted as saying.

UNI

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