ECB may sue players” union over Stanford-related allegations

February 23rd, 2009 - 7:20 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb.23 (ANI): The England and Wales Cricket Board is considering legal action against the cricket players union over allegations related to scam-tainted Texan billionaire Allan Stanford.
The board is furious over accusations that the chief executive, David Collier, wanted the Professional Cricketers” Association to put pressure on the England captain, Andrew Strauss, and his players to sign a new deal with Stanford during the first Test in Jamaica.
The Guardian reports that the ECB will today consult lawyers about claims in a Sunday newspaper, attributed to a PCA official, that Collier leant on its chief executive, Sean Morris, to increase the pressure on the England players during the Test to sign a revised agreement with Stanford, scrapping the 20 million dollar Super Series but agreeing to a new quadrangular tournament at Lord’’s.
While the ECB has admitted negotiations with Stanford about the revised deal were ongoing up to the week before the Securities and Exchange Commission served him with civil legal papers, Collier was said to be unhappy at the suggestion he encouraged Morris to intervene during the Test, which England went on to lose.
In an e-mail dated February 6, three days before the first Test was scheduled to finish, he is understood to have said: “I fully appreciate that, unless the Test finishes early, it is likely to be Monday before you are in a position to meet the players.”
But Morris said yesterday that in the same email exchange there was a clear sense that Collier was under pressure from Stanford and wanted to move the revised deal along.
Morris, mindful of the fact that the England players were asked to sign the original Stanford deal on the eve of a Test match with New Zealand, said he stood firm and argued for more time.
The ECB will claim that, far from warning against its ongoing involvement with Stanford, the PCA was arguing that he should be held to his original contract. (ANI)

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