Contract system is great news: Kumble

Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2001, 1:25 [IST]
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Bangalore: Ace leg spinner Anil Kumble on Tuesday welcomed the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India's decision to introduce contract system for top 20 players as "great news".
Kumble, who had played an important role in eliciting the opinion of the senior players on the system that was considered to be beneficial to cricketers, told reporters on Tuesday that he was very happy and complimented BCCI for its decision. If it comes before the South Africa tour (scheduled in October-Number) it will be a bonus, he added. Under the system envisaged by the BCCI, the top 20 players would be graded and paid lump sum amounts as contract fee apart from the match fees. The Board would classify the players into three categories and also help those who get injured during matches. Kumble, who was out of action from October last following a right shoulder injury, said that he played his part in the process as he was not playing cricket. "It was logistically suited, the Board was also receptive and it helped," he added. Pace spearhead, who returned after playing one Test in Sri Lanka with an injury to his left hand, also welcomed the proposed new system. "It was a welcome decision and it will help the players."

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