ICL: Indian Cricket League

No conflict between players and BCCI: Dravid


dravidRahul Dravid, captain of the Indian team, has said that it was not correct to “project this whole issue (endorsements) as a conflict of commercial interests of the players and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” in a release sent out to the media on Sunday afternoon.

“Let me clarify that there is no conflict between the players and the BCCI. The interests of the players and the BCCI are inclusive and not exclusive,” he added.

Dravid then sought to make it clear that there was no misunderstanding between the BCCI and the players.

“The BCCI has always been very caring and considerate about the players’ interests and I am sure that the BCCI would discuss the issue with the players at a suitable time,” he said.

“When this opportunity arises then we shall jointly examine the areas of concern and bother and crease out the irksome issues and work out a package that can take care of the collective interests and concerns of the BCCI and the players,” he explained.

Dravid added that he had spoken to Ravi Shastri, the newly-appointed cricket manager of the Indian team about the issue.

“I have spoken to Ravi Shastri and a number of the players and they all feel that with a healthy dialogue with the board which there always has been all issues can be sorted out,” he continued.

India’s cricketers are clearly shaken by the developments of the last two days, with the cricket board striking very close to home — the endorsements of players, but Dravid called for restraint from the media and the public.

“Meanwhile I would request the media and the fans to please show some restraint. We have had a disappointing World Cup and it is important that we all work together as the various stake holders in the game to help improve and take our cricket forward,” he expressed.

The players, who have received no official communication from the board yet on the matter of endorsements, contracts and several other changes announced at the working committee meeting in Mumbai on Saturday, have certainly followed proceedings closely through the media.

However, given the recent show-cause notices issued to Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh, none of the players are taking a chance and talking about the issues on the record.

Source:The News

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