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When umpires gave ICC a testing time

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2009 00:11 IST

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A leaked document of the International Cricket Council has revealed that the ICC had made alternate arrangements for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in England after veiled threats from the Elite Panel of umpires to not stand in the competition.

The document, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat's report presented at the annual CEC meeting in London in June this year, confirmed there is a dispute between the Elite Panel of umpires and the ICC over pay hike during their annual negotiations.

The Chief Executive's report stated that the Elite Panel of umpires had even appointed a representative (David Ligertwood) to negotiate with the ICC. Lorgat said in his report that he had raised concerns regarding the annual negotiations the ICC was engaged in with their Elite Panel of umpires in particular after they appointed a representative and were seeking large pay hikes as well as formation of an umpires administration.

"After some difficult negotiations and veiled threats from the representative on behalf of the Elite Panel of umpires, we had made alternate arrangements to replace them for the ICC World T20," Lorgat said in his report. "Realising that we were not prepared to relent, they agreed to stand during the event on the terms we had proposed. However, we will need to pick up on outstanding issues. We will continue to adopt a reasonable but tough approach to the negotiations."

The report also mentioned further meetings between the Elite Panel representative and ICC but the outcome of those meetings were not known. Lorgat stated that he and Lord Paul Condon, who heads the ICC anti-corruption and security unit, remained concerned with the high risks faced in T20 cricket, particularly, in high profile domestic events.