ACA Calls for Explanation of World Cup Selection Debacle

Cricket News 20/12/02

The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) has confirmed they would seek urgent clarification from the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) regarding the selection policy for the 2003 World Cup.

"As the actions of the ACB may have cost players the opportunity of a lifetime, the ACA will seek clarification on how such an administrative oversight could have occurred," an ACA spokesperson said earlier today.

"In recent times the ACB has led members of the media and the general public to believe that players from outside the selected squad of 30 could be chosen in the final squad of 15.

"The ACB like all other nations fielding a team in the 2003 World Cup has agreed to the terms in the Participating Nations Agreement and under this agreement, this is clearly not the case.

"Clause 6.3a of this agreement specifies that a squad of 30 players had to be submitted by 30th November and that the final 15 players must be selected from this squad," the spokesperson confirmed.

"Clause 6.5 explains the process for replacing previously nominated players and as such it is difficult to understand why the ACB was unaware of the terms governing team selection.

"Players that have potentially been affected by the ACB's actions are entitled to an explanation of how this has occurred and if the situation can be rectified" the spokesperson concluded.

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