Pay package wins Ganguly~~s vote of confidence

Published: Thursday, June 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly justified the proposed payment structure for international cricket players and said nobody would be unhappy at the change.

"We are not unhappy due to the proposed cut in match fees as overall payment will not be reduced," Ganguly told newsmen at his residence.

Explaining the new pay structure Ganguly said, "earlier we never had salaries but under the new scheme we will have salary. On the match fees there will be a cut, but overall there is no reduction in payment, it's just that the pay structure will be different," he said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty had said in Mumbai that under the proposed contract system the match fee for the players was expected to be reduced by around Rs 65,000 for both the Test and One-day matches.

The BCCI has been working on the new pay structure for the international cricketers for more than a year. As per the scheme an elite group of 20 cricketers divided into three categories depending on their experience would be brought under a contract system with the Board with a fixed annual salary varying between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 60 lakh and separate match fee for Test and One-dayers.

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