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Friday, 24 March, 2000, 10:13 GMT
ECB suffer pay revolt
England
England's key players say the money on offer is inadequate
England's leading cricket players have refused to sign their new contracts with the English Cricket Board (ECB), over a pay dispute.

The contracts, offered to an elite band of 12 players, are an attempt by the ECB to control the fitness, practice and number of matches played by those at the core of England's Test match side.

But England's chosen few have now decided the money on offer is inadequate.

A report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper stated: "The 12 players awarded contracts last month were supposed to have signed them by now the deadline for agreement will pass with no signatures on the paper."

Captain Nasser Hussain is among those at the centre of the dispute, as are ex-captains Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart.

The newspaper said the players feared they would not collect their normal county bonuses and also believed their salaries would not reflect the money earned by the ECB through selling products using the players' names.

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