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NZC acting to appease BCCI, say players

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Wellington: New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) has lashed out at the country's apex cricketing body saying the termination of Shane Bond contract was a kowtowing to the BCCI.

''This decision by the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will have a serious effect on the game in the country,'' said NZCPA executive Manager Heath Mills.

He appealed to the authorities to address the situation to avoid international cricket being devalued.

''These concerns principally relate to NZC's relationship with the Indian board (BCCI) and perceived risks to future revenue streams should the BCCI take a stand against NZC given the ICL is not sanctioned by that organisation,'' Mills was quoted as saying by a cricket website.

Mills said Bond's contract allowed him to play for third parties when he is free from his international commitments and it was upto him to choose whichever events he wishes to.

''Three months ago Bond sought and was granted consent by NZC to sign with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) in line with his playing contract,'' he said.

''Further to that Bond ensured his ICL contract released him for international duties if required.

''In this way his ICL contract did not affect his ability to play for New Zealand or impact on international cricket. NZC has become increasingly concerned at the implications should they select Bond, or any other player, to represent New Zealand if they are contracted to the ICL,'' he added.

UNI

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