Cricketers~~ contract to be delayed: BCCI source

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The renewal of contracts for Team India cricketers is set to be delayed at least till early next month, a top BCCI source said today.

With many of the top players unavailable for the October 19-21 preparatory camp ahead of the one-day home series against Sri Lanka, the committee formed to review last year's contracts has shelved plans to talk to the cricketers' representatives at the camp.

As per earlier plans, BCCI joint secretary Goutam Dasgupta and executive secretary-in-charge Ratnakar Shetty were scheduled to hold meetings with players' representatives on October 19 before submitting a report to the Board on the contracts for the 2005-06 season.

Dasgupta and Shetty, along with BCCI treasurer Jyoti Bajpai, figure in the review committee formed to go into the effectiveness of last season's contracts and suggest changes.

However, the plans went heywire after the committee realised that captain Rahul Dravid, who is yet to return from Australia, the injured Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman -- who has been dropped -- would not be in the camp.

"So, we have decided not to rush things. We will hold discussions with the cricketers midway into the series, that is early next month," the source said.

Last season, 17 players were given contracts by the Board after dividing the lot into three groups, with their annual retainership pegged at Rs. 50, Rs. 35 and Rs. 20 lakh per player respectively depending upon which grade they belonged to.

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