Nair ducks queries on players' resentment

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai :The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday pleaded ignorance about media reports that middle level players have stymied the signing of the central player contract.

"I don't know about these details and I don't know who has talked to the concerned newspaper. All I have been told by the players who have been talking to us is that they needed some more time to read the details of the contract," BCCI secretary S K Nair said on Tuesday.

"We are not in a hurry on the issue. We are prepared to wait for them (players) to come back to us with their feedbacks before it's implemented," he added.

Media reports quoting an unnamed senior Board official stated that some players, who are likely to be placed in Group B as per the proposed gradation formula, have objected to the steep difference (Rs 30 lakh) between their retainer fees and those of the top rung players in Group A.

As per the formula thrashed out by the senior players and the BCCI, the top rung players are to get Rs 60 lakh each as annual retainers, the Group B players would receive Rs 30 lakh each while the rest of the contracted players in Group C would pocket Rs 15 lakh each.

The media reports said the middle level players had written to the BCCI that Rs 10 lakh each be deducted from the proposed retainers of Group A players and split equally amongst those who would be placed in Group B and C.

In short, they wanted the new retainers as Rs 50 lakh per Group A player; Rs 35 lakh per Group B player and Rs 20 lakh per Group C player, the reports indicated.

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