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Indian board asks ICC to have one rule for all nations
Associated Press, PTI
Durban, March 21, 2003
First Published: 15:16 IST(21/3/2003)
Last Updated: 15:16 IST(21/3/2003)
Indian cricket board president Jagmohan Dalmiya says the sport's governing body should apply one set of rules for all issues World Cup-related issues.

Dalmiya said he had heard suggestions made by International Cricket Council officials that the issue of Indian players' contract dispute will be judged by a different criteria from the two conceded World Cup matches by England and New Zealand.

"Any system must apply to all," Dalmiya told reporters earlier on Friday in the wake of India's semifinal win over Kenya at Kingsmead. India's opponent in Sunday's final will be defending champion Australia, which is seeking to become the first country to win the cricket World Cup three times and the first since Clive Lloyd's 1979 team to retain the title.

The vexed contract disputes involves players from India and Sri Lanka, who threatened to boycott the tournament due to commercial restrictions on personal sponsorships imposed by the ICC. The ICC's Executive Board this and other issues during a two-day meeting finishing Saturday.

England and New Zealand refused to play a match each in Zimbabwe and Kenya, citing security concerns.

There's been speculation that India's fees for playing in the World Cup will be partially withheld pending the final decision on the players' commercial contracts.

India's players accepted the tournament contracts conditionally, striking out provisions that said they could not endorse products rivaling the ICC's officials sponsors during the World Cup. The ICC initially said no amended forms would be acceptable, but made an exception to ensure India participated in the quadrennial showpiece.

A similar dispute over payments raged in Sri Lanka with the board threatening to fire the star players before sense prevailed. Sponsors of the World Cup are reportedly seeking damages due to the forfeits and also for India's refusal to comply with rules prohibiting players from endorsing products or companies that aren't official sponsors or suppliers.

Dalmiya said he had some knowledge of ICC procedures, having been its president before handing over to Malcolm Gray of Australia. "All I know is that the ICC cannot claim any money from us, until someone claims money from them," said Dalmiya.


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