Bangalore: The BCCI has set the ball in motion for the introduction of a contract system for Indian cricketers by holding discussions with five senior players.
''We discussed preliminary things (on introduction of contract for players) and still a lot of things need to be said. Three more meetings will be held. It is too early to say anything. You will come to know when it is the right time,'' Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly said when asked about the nature of deal they were looking for.
Sources said five senior players, including Ganguly, former skipper Sachin Tendulkar and leg spinner Anil Kumble, held discussions with BCCI secretary J Y Lele, besides BCCI Finance Committee chairman Ratnakar Shetty and five selectors on Thursday.
Mr Lele, selectors Chandu Borde, Sanjay Jagadale, Madan Lal and T A Sekar were also present at the meeting when the issue was discussed after the team selection for Zimbabwe.
The sources said the players were keen on the Board introducing contract system prevailing in a few countries such as Australia and South Africa as it would bring in a professional approach and would help the players.
The Board now only pays for medical bills of injured players and they would be losing amount if they do not represent the country. The contract would safeguard the interest of the players when they are injured.