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Don't mix cricketing cultures: Speed

Mumbai Sept. 21. The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said it would be dangerous to impose something from one country to another.

"One of the most fascinating aspects of international cricket is the diverse range of cultures that make up the cricketing world. Each country is unique and each country finds its own way to address the various issues in the game. I think that it has to be this way, given the diversity that is so much a part of cricket,'' said Mr. Speed while reacting to whether the Cricket Boards of the World should take a leaf out of the Cricket Australia book to administer and involve players as partners in cricket.

Mr. Speed, as CEO of the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia) three years ago was the architect of the pioneering Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the then ACB and Australian Cricketers' Association.

"The MOU came about as a result of a dispute between the ACB and the players, where there were a number of concerns that the players had over a number of issues in relation to Australian cricket.

The MoU provided a way for the Australian players and Australian administrators to deal with the matters of concern in Australian cricket.''

Mr. Speed further said that the MOU was seen as the best way to deal with the issues that were present in Australia at that time. "Both parties were happy to move that way. All aspects of the MoU were identified and agreed by both parties to help deal with the issues that were relevant to Australian cricketers and administrators. This is not to say that this approach is appropriate or would work in other countries where the issues and culture will be different,'' said Mr. Speed.

The MoU pledged to make the first one million dollar cricketer within three years and that Australian cricketers would become the highest paid in the world.

According to Mr. Speed the stakeholders in cricket today are the fans, players, sponsors, administrators and the media and the Governments too have an important stake in the game. — Our Special Correspondent

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