The Cricket world's established authorities met in London, England, on Tuesday (14 June) to discuss the "cricket circus" controversy.
CU AND GV EXTERIOR Lords Cricket ground, London, U.K. (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR English representative in international cricket authorities meeting
GV Australian representative
SV Indian representative
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SCU Interview in English with International Cricket Conference Secretary Jack Bailey
REPORTER: "Mr. Bailey, what is the unanimous view of the six teste match-playing countries towards the entry into cricket of a private promoter like Mr. Packer?"
BAILEY: "Well, as the statement issued tonight said, the feeling is that it could severely damage the structure of test cricket."
REPORTER: "In what particular way?"
BAILEY: "I thank that basically it could bey setting up in opposition to lit, obviously, stands some chance of damaging its states, by including andy players or something..."
REPORTER: "So why have you opened the door fro a meeting with Mr. Packer if this is the unanimous view of the six test match playing countries?"
BAILEY: "Well, I think Mr. Packer has often expressed the wish to see various people, and I think that the meeting today which as you know comprised the six major test match playing countries were of the opinion that if Mr. Packer having been informed of the dual views of the countries as in the statement today, should be given the opportunity of stating what this plans are in the light of this and of talking to us."
REPORTER: MICHAEL BLAKEY
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Background: The Cricket world's established authorities met in London, England, on Tuesday (14 June) to discuss the "cricket circus" controversy. Australian television magnate kerry Packer plans to stage a series with two "Rest of the World" teams and the West Indies later this year, using at least 38 international players who've broken convention by signing major financial contracts with him.
SYNOPSIS: The emergency meeting of the International Cricket Conference was all set to react in the strongest possible manner to the Packer proposals. Australia have 18 of the 38 players known to have been signed by Packer -- including 13 of the present party touring England. Most of the six countries represented at the conference have had players lured away by the thought of the millions of pounds Packer says he's prepared to invest in cricket.
No decision was reached at the meeting -- it won't be forthcoming until the executive meeting of the International Cricket Conference at the end of July. But the ICC secretary, Mr. Jack Bailey, talked to newsmen and explained the feeling of the officials.
SOME of the most powerful men in the cricket world were meeting at Lords today under the banner of the international Cricket Conference writes John Thickness
Their task was to decade, on himself of their six Boards of Control what to do about Australian kerry Packer's projected winter cricket circus.
Present were Peddle Brown and Dong insole representing the UK Bob Pakistan and Ray stecle (Australia) Allan Rac Ahmed ??? Asat Ali and ??? Zatar Ahmed (Pakistan)and A.F. Wright and ??? Cowdlrey (New zealand-withformer kent and England captain Cowdrey standing in for a member at that country's Board.
The hope was that the six countries-all of whom with the exception of india, have had players ??? away by Packer's dough-would see eye to eye on how the game could best protest itself.
But agreement was no formality. The Australian Board represented by their chairman And treasurer have already announced through Len Maddocks, manager of the present touring team, that any player who played for Packer would do so at his peril.
In view of Packer's show of strength in the signing of three further Test players, including Demand Amiss for England. It was hard to belied that Australia's fellow member would see insolation of the breakaway players as a practical sulutien.
However much the Australian Board resent Pakers's aggressive business methods, I doubt the position will improve until the JCC thrast, it out with Packer in person.
Lord were premising a statement later today but for decisions we shall have to wait for the executive meeting of ICC at the end of July.