New Zealand cricketer’s body snubs BCCI

March 1st, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin TendulkarWellington, March 1 (IANS) The New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCPA) will make no concessions to bully-boy tactics from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a compromise is sought to allow six Indian players to play in the State Championship.
The BCCI Friday removed Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik from the Masters Twenty20 international that acted as a curtain-raiser to India’s clash with New Zealand. The tournament was a joint venture between New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the NZCPA.

The Indian cricket board withdrew the two players from the match as it also featured rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) player Hamish Marshall. Since then NZCPA and BCCI fail to see eye-to-eye.

And now the NZCPA is against BCCI’s request of giving its six players V.V.S. Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Laxmipathi Balaji and Dhawal Kulkarni a chance to play some domestic cricket before the Test series.

“We’re not against the Indians playing in our domestic competition, far from it,” NZCPA’s Heath Mills said. “We’d love to see it but we can’t sacrifice our principles and we certainly can’t have a situation where New Zealand cricketers are unable to ply their trade in their own country on the say-so of the BCCI.”

ICL players are banned from all forms of cricket in India but in New Zealand they are free to play in domestic leagues. And at the moment eight of the four New Zealand’s ICL players are playing in the domestic league.

The NZCPA will not allow the major associations to be swayed into leaving any ICL-linked players out to accommodate Indian players for some match practice.

“We will fight that all the way,” he said. “There’s no way we’d stand for that. They’re New Zealanders and they’re perfectly entitled to play in a domestic league in their own country. We will not accept players being stood down because of the petty politics of another country.”

NZC general manager of cricket Geoff Allott is currently working through different scenarios that would give the ‘Indian Six’ match play without offending their home board.

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