MUMBAI: India captain Rahul Dravid wants talks with the cricket board following a clampdown on personal endorsement deals after the team’s World Cup exit last month.
On 7 April, a working committee for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) placed a ceiling on player endorsements, imposing a limit of three sponsorship deals per person as well as restricting single sponsors to a maximum of two players.
“The players shall take prior approval of the board before signing any endorsement contract and will submit a copy of the agreement to the board,” treasurer N. Srinivasan told reporters.
The clampdown on endorsements has led to further speculation in local media that corporate interest influenced selection procedures for the World Cup, and that the players and the board were on course for a collision.
Dravid played down that talk in a statement on 9 April.
“Let me clarify that there is no conflict between the players and the BCCI,” he said. “The interests of the players and the BCCI are inclusive and not exclusive.
He said the board had always been “caring and considerate about players’ interests”, and said he expected a discussion to ”examine the areas of concern (and) iron out the irksome issues” between players and the board.