Senior counsel Anil Diwan appearing for the ICC argued on the maintainability of the petition and said that it was a proxy war being fought on behalf of the players. He said that it was a case where international contracts were involved and could not be made a subject of a writ petition in India. There was no public interest involved as it was a matter of commercial transactions and totally contractual disputes, he added. Not only the plaint, but its pendency itself was damaging for the World Cup at this stage, said Mr Diwan.
Senior counsel Arun Jaitley appearing for the petitioners, however, said that the whole issue was a battle between two categories of sponsors, one of the individual players and the other the official sponsors of the World Cup.