More players might come under contracts scheme

Published: Monday, August 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Amstelveen:Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday said the Board may think of increasing the number of players to be put on central contracts from the proposed 20 if more talented cricketers come on the scene.

"We have kept the upper limit for contracts to 20, but it can be increased if more talented players are available," Dalmiya said in the wake of suggestions to increase the number of cricketers under contract to 25 considering the number of matches the side plays in a year and injuries to players.

Dalmiya also said all issues related to central players contract have been sorted out but the deal could not be signed before the team's assignment in Holland.

"There was not enough time. So the contracts would be signed on their return to India (after the Champions Trophy)," he said.

Regarding the repeated breaking down of pace bowlers, Dalmiya said the Board was "not trying to sweep the issue under the carpet and has been addressing the problem in various manners.

"The Board is keeping itself more informed about the injuries to players and we are also giving them written programme as to what to do during the off season," he said in a programme on SET MAX channel.

He also said team physiotherapist Andrew Leipus had told the Board that the overall fitness level should improve further. "But it would need some more time," he said.

Dalmiya said the Board thought it was better to give yearly contract to the coach, keeping in mind the interest of the players as well as coach.

"In a team with established players like ours what is needed is for the coach to plan strategies. We thought it would be better to extend his contract on a yearly basis in order to get feedbacks from the players and also give freehand to the coach."

Coach John Wright's contract has been extended to the end of the 2004-05 season while the contracts of Leipus and Gregory King have been extended till the end of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Dalmiya said the players, including junior and first class cricketers, stand to get a "phenomenal amount" once the Board signs the new four-year telecast deal.

He said under the formula worked out by the Board, they would be getting 26 per cent of the gross revenue earned by the Board annually.

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