In the on going struggle between BCCI and players over ICC contract for the Champions Trophy, BCCI has made a list of 25-probables. The so called list excludes those now playing test series in England.
The board, however has left the doors open for the ‘rebel players’ to return, saying that it would not make the list official until 10 days before the team is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka.
The BCCI will also ask all players named in the probable list to agree to sign the ICC contract.
In a move to resolve the crisis, ICC said that the controversial contract would be valid only for the Champion Trophy. According to ICC sources a fresh contract will be signed for the World Cup, and it will be, as of today be similar to the one the players have been given to sign. However, if any board has a problem, they are willing to listen.
The Indian cricketers are still not willing to relent. They want ICC to come out with some thing concrete. According to sources they are not willing to sign a contract, which not only binds then till the 2003 World Cup, but some of the clauses pertaining to a life long contract.
England’s captain Nasser Hussain became the first playing captain to come out in support of the Indian players decision. According to him the England team is not going to sign the contract. “Though none of the England players are going to suffer by this decision, we are doing this in solidarity with the international circketers, some of whom are special, he said”
As of now it seems that the ICC championship in Sri Lanka will be reduced to a B-grade tournament in the absence of top starts and if that happens, it is expected that the official sponsors are bound to renegotiate their financial arrangement with the ICC. We will keep you updated on this as it unfolds.