Players' contracts land in Dalmiya's hands

Published: Friday, August 6, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The much-delayed and debated players' contracts issue has now landed squarely at the doorsteps of the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jagmohan Dalmiya.

"The (BCCI) president is looking after it directly", said a BCCI source on Friday when queried whether the issue would come up for discussion at the Board's working committee meeting which has been scheduled at Kolkata on August 16.

The players' contracts were all set to be put into operation before the national squad departed for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka last month, but had to be kept on hold following reported differences amongst the players over the gradation formula.

According to reports the steep difference in the annual retainers for grade A and the other two grades was the bone of contention among players. Grade A players were to receive Rs 60 lakh while grade B and C players were to get Rs 30 and Rs 15 lakh each per year as retainer.

The source said he was not sure whether the players had written back to the BCCI president, who was now dealing the issue directly, with the proposed changes in the gradation formula as desired by some middle level players.

"As such I cannot say whether this matter would come up for discussion at the working committee meeting," he said adding the main agendas of the meeting were matters pertaining to next month's annual general meeting, like annual report and accounts.

Dalmiya would be completing his term as president and a new president, from North Zone, is to be elected.

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