Dalmiya to discuss contracts with senior players in Holland

Published: Sunday, August 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya is likely to meet important members of the Indian cricket team during the tri-series in Holland later this month to finalise the contract system of payment.

Dalmiya, who had been busy with the telecasting issue for the last week, would be visiting Holland during the tri-series and a meeting could take place there, a Board source said in Kolkata.

Dalmiya, however, was not available for comment, but it was learnt that he is keen to finalise the contract system before his three-year term as president ends next month.

Incidentally, Dalmiya had an informal discussion with skipper Sourav Ganguly in Kolkata on Saturday on the issue.

Expressing confidence that the contract system would be in place before Dalmiya leaves the post of president, the Board source said that most of the issues regarding the new system had been sorted out.

The new system is most likely to be finalised in Holland where the Board president could meet all senior members of the team who are dealing with the matter since the beginning.

The meeting could not take place at home as the Indian team is leaving for Holland only next Tuesday while Dalmiya would be busy with Monday's crucial working committee meeting in Kolkata.

The Board had initially proposed to put the players in three grades as per seniority for a contractual payment of Rs 60, 30 and 15 lakh respectively apart from match fees. The players, however, have proposed altering the three grades into Rs 50, 35 and 20 lakh respectively and 70 per cent of match fees for non-playing players as against proposed 50 per cent.

If Dalmiya succeeds in finalising the contract system in Holland, it could be put into operation from next month's Champions Trophy.

After the tri-series in Holland in which Australia and Pakistan are the two other teams, the Indian team would proceed to England for the three-match NatWest Trophy in the first week of September followed by Champions Trophy from September 10.

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