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While declining to comment on whether any of the England players are in that conflict-situation, right now, Bevan acknowledged the Indian position was “complicated”. Incidentally, the Indians’ representative, Ravi Shastri, has been in contact with Bevan (and Tim May, Fica’s joint chief executive).

Bevan says the ICC has agreed to interact with any representative nominated by Fica or the cricketers’ body of any country. “It’s going to be binding on the respective boards, too, to accept that nominee,” he said.

The BCCI has refused to accept Shastri’s nomination who, however, is unfazed. “Don’t ask me, ask the BCCI why they won’t deal with me," Shastri said.

Asked if the players intended to make a fresh representation, he answered: “They’ve made their stand clear. Today, then, the ball is in the BCCI’s court. Let the BCCI and/or the ICC revert. Any move now must come from one or both of them...”

While Indian cricketers received the terms only last month, after the NatWest final, the PCA was aware of what was coming in April. “We began negotiations (with the ECB) then itself,” Bevan informed.

It won’t surprising if the Indians form (belatedly) a players’ body — sooner than most expect.

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