BCCI awaiting players' response on contracts

Published: Monday, August 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai :The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jagmohan Dalmiya, on Monday said the Board was still awaiting words from the players who wanted changes in the players' contract.

"We are still awaiting words from the players who wanted some changes to be made. It is between the Board and the players, but the media seems to be more interested in the subject," Dalmiya said in Mumbai.

He was, however, non-committal on the time-frame fixed for the long-delayed and discussed issue to come into vogue.

Dalmiya is in the city to attend the two-day finance committee meeting of the Board which has the finalisation of annual report and accounts as its main agenda.

However, other Board sources said the players have already sent their altered recommendations on the contract to the Board, suggesting changes in the gradation formula besides asking for an increase in the match fees to the reserves.

The players want the gradation formula to be changed so that grade A players receive Rs 50 lakh as annual retainer instead of the originally worked out Rs 60 lakh so as to enable grade B and C players to receive Rs 35 and Rs 20 lakh each annually instead of the original Rs 30 and Rs 15 lakh.

But they also want the reserves to be paid 70 per cent of the match fees instead of 50 per cent as was agreed upon earlier by the Board and senior members of the team, according to Board sources.

BCCI has already decided to distribute 26 per cent of its gross revenue among the players. The ratio is 13 per cent for international cricketers, 10.4 per cent for domestic senior players and the remaining for junior cricketers.

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