Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Dalmiya reviews previous regime~~s policies
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2001, 23:25 [IST]
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Chennai: The much awaited gradation system of payment to cricketers both at national and international levels and the new format for the Ranji Trophy were on Sunday put on hold as the new administrative set-up in the Cricket Board sought to review some of the major decisions of the previous regime.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The newly-elected President Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters here that a few details about both the gradation system and new Ranji Trophy format needed to be worked upon and assured that they would soon be implemented."The proposal of gradation payment to players was accepted in principle. It was, however, decided that specific details of gradation would be reviewed by the Working Committee and placed before a special General Body Meeting for approval. A final decision would be taken before February 28 next," Dalmiya said after assuming the charge of president of BCCI from A C Muthiah.Agreeing that it had already been approved by the Working Committee at Mumbai on August 25 last, Dalmiya said, "The Technical Committee headed by Sunil Gavaskar is still to decide on the proposals and a final decision would be taken only after studying the recommendations of this committee."Let there not be any misgivings, gradation system would be introduced after about three months. More details and procedures have to be worked out... issues like who will select the 20 players and what would be basis of selection," he said. Similarly, he said the new format for Ranji Trophy would be introduced from 2003 based on the performance of the teams in 2002. This season's Ranji Trophy would be played as per the existing rules and regulations, he announced.On the controversial issue of playing against Pakistan, Dalmiya said the Board would go by the decisions of the government of India.After packing all the committees with his supporters, who helped him upstage Muthiah in a dramatic election on Saturday, Dalmiya also revoked Muthiah's decision to disqualify Goa Cricket Association from voting."The ruling given by Muthiah on Saturday on Goa has been revoked as domestic cricket had suffered a jolt because of it. On Sunday, the body (AGM) unanimously withdrew the suspension of the Goa Cricket Association in order that cricket in Goa did not suffer," he said."(However), the show cause notice served on the association by the Board on the ticket scam (during the India-Australia One-day match in April) would be on," he said."The fixtures for Ranji Trophy have already been drawn. If the suspension on Goa is not lifted, it cannot participate in the tournament and therefore it was decided to send an observer to Goa to see that cricket is played properly and absolutely as per the norms," he said.Dalmiya said the Board would also constitute a committee to supervise cricket matches in Bihar and Jharkhand where a tussle for supremacy is going on between various factions ever since the original unit was bifurcated following the creation of the new statePTI