Pak players escape fine after violating ICC sponsor clauses

Karachi: Pakistan`s cricket players violated ICC clauses on the use of commercial and sponsors logos on their team kits but escaped without a fine during the recent series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

In the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka and the first one-day international, it was noticeable that some Pakistani players had not only displayed two logos of the main sponsor`s of Pakistan cricket but also two logos of the manufacturers.

The ICC rules allow the players to wear two logos of the main sponsors but players can only display the logo of the clothing and kit manufacturers on one spot on their shirts whereas some of the players were seen wearing two logos of the manufacturers.

When an official of the board was contacted, he claimed that the manufacturers providing the clothing kits were also the main sponsors and the ICC allowed players to display two logos each of two main sponsors of their shirts.

But the ICC clauses say otherwise and infact there is a fine of USD 25,000 for teams whose players have violated the logo clauses.

But in Pakistan`s case match referee David Boon showed some leniency by ignoring the violations, which were rectified before the second one-day international against Sri Lanka.

"The mistake was rectified by the second ODI when the shirts with the two logos were changed by the manufacturers," the source said.