Contract system to be in place from July

Published: Sunday, May 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) indicated on Sunday that a contract system for players is likely to be introduced from Asia Cup to be held in July in Sri Lanka.

"We are finalising it...giving finishing touches," BCCI secretary S K Nair said in Bangalore. "May be we will be able to implement it from start of the season...for the Asia Cup".

"All the efforts are in place. We are getting into final stages. The process is on. We may need a few days to finalise it and get it signed," he said on the graded payment system.

Asked about the "return trip" by Pakistan, he said the proposal is yet to come from the neighbouring country.

"So far nothing has been finalised. Matter will be under consideration. Once Pakistan makes a proposal, we will definitely consider that depending on its merit".

On suggestions to include more in the pension scheme, now confined to only past Test cricketers and former Test umpires, Nair said the recent initiative is only the beginning and modifications would have to be thought about byBCCI at appropriate fora.

"We will look into all aspects. For the time being, it's for living Cricketers. Suggestions will be taken into consideration by the Board and decision will be taken later".

In the wake of the introduction of the pension scheme, there have been suggestion from many quarters, including plea to bringing widows of past Test cricketers and umpires also under its ambit.

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