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Just not cricket

Sir, — Your Editorial "Ending the cricket row" (Sept. 12) has not discussed the wider ramifications and the origin of the row. The then ICC Chairman and the Director, IDI, signed a contract till 2007. In the language of the stock market, they sold "futures", a very highly risky adventure. They did not bother to discuss the financial interest and security of the players, who generate money for the game. An Indian player who got Rs. 33 lakhs for commercials was reportedly offered Rs. 2 crores after the Indian victory in the NatWest series. The controversial clauses, it seems, were included later and the sponsors readily agreed to pay more. The anti-ambushing item is a clever move for further audacious measures so that the players do not earn extra money. The Indian players were informed about these very late. Naturally, they refused to sign and forced the ICC and the BCCI to climb down. The Government must intervene to avoid a repetition in the future.

M.R. Sridharan,
Kanpur, U.P.

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