Melbourne, Dec 20 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to persuade the Australian authorities to spare the Men in Blue from the 1.5 million dollar tax bouncer which they are expected to face during their tour Down Under.
''This taxation issue is being handled by our office in Bombay,'' the Indian team's media manager, M K Shridhar told mediapersons.
''We are taking the position of what our own tax consultants at the BCCI say.'' ''Cricket Australia is helping, and they will work together and come back to us with a solution. Then I am not very sure if it will still apply.'' However, Cricket Australia (CA) spokesman Peter Young said the board's memorandum of understanding meant the Indians had to follow Australian laws.
''When you are in Australia, the Australian tax law applies,'' he said.
According to an Australian legislation which has been in force since July 2004, all sportspeople and entertainers who work in the country have to pay tax.
The Indians are expected to give away about 500,000 dollars from the Test series, and another million from the one-day series and the Twenty20 clash at the MCG, in taxes.
India start their Australian tour on December 26 with the first Test at Melbourne.