BCCI gradation committee meet in Kolkata

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The four-member Gradation Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, with board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya at its helm, is scheduled to meet in Kolkata on September 26 to identify players for completing the process.

"The committee will meet in Kolkata on Monday afternoon to identify players to be divided into the three groups for introducing Players Central Contracts," board secretary S KNair told PTI today. The meeting would be attended by Dalmiya, Nair, national team coach John Wright and selection commitee chairman Syed Kirmani while India captain Sourav Ganguly would also be consulted.

The contracts were all but ready to be signed before the team's departure for the Asia Cup in July, before differences cropped up among the players over the quantum of gradationwith some junior level players unhappy over the huge difference between grade A and the other two grades.

Since then the players have come to an agreement among themselves and have suggested to the board that the three grades should provide annual retainership of Rs 50, 35 and 20lakh respectively. The players also wanted reserves to get 70 per cent of match fees instead of the previously recommended 50, but this clause is not acceptable to the board, according to sources.

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