FICA okays IPL contracts

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> FICA, the cricketers association, is happy with the contracts offered by IPL

Updated: February 21, 2008 18:18 IST
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New Delhi:

The Indian Premier League on Thursday received a shot in the arm with the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) endorsing the players' contract offered by the organisers of the Twenty20 extravaganza.

FICA Chief Executive Tim May had a look at the Long Form Player Agreement for the IPL after which he confirmed that he was ready to recommend to the players that they could enter the agreement.

"I can confirm that I am now satisfied in principle with the form of the IPL Player Contract," May said in a statement.

"I am waiting to see a copy of the final draft of the agreement, following which I anticipate recommending to our members that the agreement is satisfactory for players to enter," he added.

May, however, felt that problems still might arise between a player and his board which would require some sort of troubleshooting.

"Given the nature of this venture, there will remain some issues that certain players will need to still resolve with their national boards," he said.

CA considers altering Future Tours

Cricket Australia (CA) has softened its stand on the IPL and is now willing to renegotiate Future Tours Programme (FTP) to accommodate the Twenty20 extravaganza in the calendar.

CA has given indications that they are open to the idea of shifting matches on the International Cricket Council's FTP, which has been outlined until 2012.

"James Sutherland (CA CEO) is willing to participate in discussion and debate about creating a window in the Future Tours Program so players can play in the IPL, as long as it is a window that recognises the genuine interests of the FTP and all 10 ICC nations," CA spokesman Peter Young said.

Contracts issue unresolved

CA, however, remains embroiled in a dispute with the IPL over players' contractual obligations.

"We are still of the view that (the contract disagreement) is capable of resolution. It's going to be tough, but we believe we can get through," Young was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

When the cricket boards meet next week in Kuala Lumpur to finalise future tour arrangements, IPL is expected to figure prominently in the discussion.

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