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Last Updated:  Saturday, 22 March, 2003, 17:11 GMT
England denied Cup cash
Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain quit as captain after the World Cup
The financial implications of England's World Cup boycott became known when the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Saturday it would freeze money owed to them.

Cricket's governing body will hold back US $3.5m (2.2m) for England's no-show in Zimbabwe, as well as US $2.5m owed to New Zealand after they forfeited a match in Kenya.

The ICC's executive board decided to keep the funds in case, as expected, sponsors and broadcasters demand compensation for the cancelled matches.

The leading nations were due to earn US $9m from the ICC for taking part in the tournament.

After the England and Wales Cricket Board initially ruled out a boycott, the team refused to honour their February 13 match in Harare.

England tried to have the match shifted to South Africa, citing concerns for their safety after receiving threats of violence if they decided to play.

But the ICC, through its technical committee, deemed the match safe to go ahead.

New Zealand refused to play in Nairobi on 21 February for similar reasons and, like England, forfeited the points for the match.

India, meanwhile, have had their entire purse frozen until their long-running contracts row with the ICC is resolved.

The dispute over personal endorsements clashing with tournament sponsors threatened India's participation in the World Cup.

But a truce was called at the last minute on the proviso the matter would be revisited after the tournament.

"If they (India) are not forthcoming then their suspension from the ICC will be contemplated," ICC president Malcolm Gray said.


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