BCCI's draft Annual Report and audited accounts for the year 2004-05, which were approved by the Working Committee at a meeting here yesterday, saw India's cricketers receive nearly Rs. 52 crore as their share of income.
Of this, Rs.26 crore would go to the international players (Test and ODIs), Rs. 21 crore to the senior domestic cricketers while the junior cricketers stand to get Rs. five crore.
The package for the domestic players also includes various incentives including increased contribution to their benevolent fund.
A decision was also reached to form an elite panel of referees to supervise the senior domestic tourneys. The referees would be picked by a committee constituted by theBoard President and comprising former international cricketers and umpires.
Another Committee would be set up by the President to find a permanent Media Manager for the national team.
"The Committee would be set up over the next two days and its report submitted at the Annual General body Meeting," BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra said. The AGM is to be held on September 22-23 at Kolkata. It was also decided to have Amitabh Chaudhary as the manager of the Indian team on the tour of Zimbabwe.
The proposal of the United Nations Development Programme for the Indian team along with the Pakistani team to act as the official spokesperson of the International Year of Sport and Physical Education, that is observed this year, was also ratified.
The Committee also decided to have Elite and Plate divisions in the Under-17 national championship for the Vijay Merchant trophy.
As per the ratified domestic calendar, an Aussie Under-19 team will arrive on a tour in September while an Afro-Asian under-19 tournament would be held in November.
A Zimbabwe President's XI team would be the sixth team in the Duleep Trophy.
The Committee, however, deferred once again a decision on the issue of merging women's cricket association with the BCCI.
"We needed some clarification as regards to how it has been done in other countries," Mahendra said.A sensitive issue that was smoothly dealth with was that of the Goa Cricket Association's return to mainstream.
The GCA was suspended and its share of money frozen in 2001 following the controversy over poor conduct and irregularities during a One-day international againstAustralia.
The Associaiton was later allowed to field teams in domestic tournaments.
The GCA had recently asked for its money to be released and allot matches on a regular basis again.
The Committee has cited the showcause notice issued in 2001 that was still in place and appointed a committee to investigate the controversy all over again.