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Seeking trivia to spice up T20 Cup

cricket Updated: May 06, 2009 00:19 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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What IS the exact weight of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's bat? Who does Michael Clarke think is the toughest opponent he has come up against? What would Kevin Pietersen have been had he not been a cricketer? And which actor would Yuvraj Singh pick to play him in a movie?

If you're dying to know these things about your favourite cricketers, you're not alone.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent these among 19 questions to all cricketers selected for the forthcoming Twenty20 World Cup in June.

Every player is required to sign and return the terms and conditions ahead of the tournament and this time around, the ICC has spiced up the usually boring form.

The flavour of Twenty20 is fun, and the ICC will share the information they collect with broadcasters and their internet partners.

If players normally refer such documents to their agents and just blindly sign them, this time they will be forced to get personally involved. Because at the end of the questionnaire, a googly waits.

Just after the spot for signature, is a question for each player.

"If you wish to contribute five per cent (5%) of prize money due to you to FICA then please direct IDI accordingly in the boxes below. You may ignore this section if you do not wish to direct IDI to pay FICA a share of your prize money."

India does not have a player association and the cricket board does not recognise the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations).

There's not much chance any of its players are going to give up 5% of their prize money to fund the organisation.