NZC says 'no indications' of sharing IPL's auction profits

Christchurch, Feb 23 (UNI) Amid claims from BCCI that the IPL's auction profits will be shared among various national boards who have provided players for the tournament, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has said it is yet to hear about any such proposal from the Indian board.

''It is important to note that we have not seen any proposal to suggest that,'' New Zealand Cricket's chief executive Justin Vaughan told the Australian.

''It is obvious that Indian cricket has benefited hugely out of the franchises and will continue to drive profits out of the tournament. But as far as I'm aware, there have been no indications that will be shared amongst any of the other members.'' New Zealand, in recent past, has particularly been hit by players who have opted either for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and now IPL, over their national duties and any bonus payments could increase the size of the board's contracts and help keep the talent at home.

Fast bowler Shane Bond along with Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Hamish Marshall, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan, Daryl Tuffey and Andre Adams have cut their ties with the NZC to play in the ICL.

''It is important to note that with New Zealand cricket to a lesser degree, but significantly West Indies cricket, this IPL tournament is up against their international playing calendar,'' Vaughan said.

''If the IPL was happening in February and March I don't know where NZ cricket would be. We're not terribly affected, but the West Indies are and to a small degree England are.'' Earlier, BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla had said some of the profits from Mumbai auctions could be redirected. ''The sharing of the money fetched from the auction of the eight franchises is an internal arrangement between the various boards and it will be decided soon.'' UNI XC RAR RKM DS1424

Story first published: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 15:03 [IST]
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