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Thatscricket - News - Srinath hails 'contract players' proposal

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Speedster Javagal Srinath has welcomed the proposal of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to introduce a contract system for cricketers in the country."It is a welcome move. Most of the major cricketing countries follow this system. The BCCI has decided to introduce the system on its own and it is welcome. We have not demanded the scheme," he told UNI.Srinath said the contract system would be beneficial to the players. Karnataka leg spinner Anil Kumble held some preliminary discussions with him on the issue, he added. However, Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid, when contacted, refused to comment. "We have discussed the issue. I cannot say anything in the open. I reserve my comments on the issue."Former Indian vice-captain Anil Kumble, who is now out of international cricket following injury in his right shoulder, had held discussions with four leading cricketers - captain Saurav Ganguly, former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Srinath - on the issue.However, all the three declined to disclose the details of the discussions. The contract system would also be beneficial to the injured players, as they would get some amount as against nothing now. Thirty one-year-old Srinath, who had opted out of the One-day tri-series involving Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand from July 18 in the Island nation, said he was keen on playing Tests there. "I have informed the BCCI that I will not be available for the One-dayers. It is good that youngsters get opportunities to play in Limited Overs cricket." When asked whether flat pitches in Sri Lanka would favour him, the 31-year-old paceman from Karnataka shot back, "I have bowled well on flat wickets. The line and length are important. We can do well in Sri Lanka," he added.About the just-concluded Zimbabwe series, he said, "I did not bowl that well. Though I got seven wickets from two Test series, it was not satisfying," he added.Srinath, the pace attack spearhead, had 192 wickets from 52 Tests at an average of 30.13 and 261 wickets in 192 matches at an average of 28.59. On fast bowlers coming on the scene in India, he said Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra are good. UNI

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