NZC Possible Contracts Dispute

New Zealand Cricket is facing a possible dispute with its players as it attempts to sign a contract with the ICC for its tournaments in which players are required to give up their individual sponsorships.

The reason for the clause in the collective participation contract that players are required to sign is that a number of players’ sponsorships conflict with tournament sponsors of such tournaments as the World Cup and Champions Trophy.

As the contract stretches to three months on either side of the tournament, New Zealand is quickly running out of time as the contract for the 2006 Champions Trophy, held in September, was meant to have been signed in June.

NZC are not alone in experiencing such problems. India faced an identical situation with the contracts for the 2002 Champions Trophy and 2003 World Cup.

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