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ICC directive to Ganguly & Pathan

SOUTHAMPTON, SEPT 13. Sourav Ganguly and Irfan Pathan will not feature in an advertisement campaign for Tata Indicom, following a directive from the International Cricket Council.

The ICC's General Manager (Corporate Affairs), Brendan McClements, confirmed that this was done following protest from one of the event sponsors of the Champions Trophy Hutch— that the two Indian players had clearly breached the contract.

Ganguly and Pathan were involved in an advertisements campaign for the telecommunication company (Tata Indicom) and in the process had acted in direct competition with Hutch, one of the sponsors of the Champions Trophy.

McClements said "it was brought to our notice from India that the two players had infringed the ambush marketing clause. We wrote to the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), asking it to look into the matter.''

The India manager Gautam Dasgupta acted quickly and spoke to Ganguly and Pathan. "I conveyed the Board's message to the players, and they have agreed to inform their sponsors to withdraw the advertisements." — Our Special Correspondent

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