Mumbai, Apr 7: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to act tough against the endorsement culture of the Indian cricket players, asking them not to endorse more than three sponsors/products. The players have been asked to take prior approval of the board before signing any endorsement contract and to submit a copy of the agreement to the Board, BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan said at a press conference after the Working Committee meeting here.
Mr Srinivasan said the committee has approved a performance-based payment to the players and have decided to do away with the present gradation system of retainership.
He further said that the committee members decided not to allow more than two players to have contract with the same sponsor. The players would also not be allowed to feature in any sponsor-related events 15 days before and during a tour.
Mr Srinivasan said in the contract they have included a clause which makes it mandatory for the contracted players to undergo a fitness test and only those who fulfill the benchmarks will be considered for selection, he added.
The treasurer also said that the players have been banned from having exclusive contracts with electronic and print media. Only the captain has been allowed to write a column or talk to the media, but not exclusively, he added.
The Board has also made it mandatory for all players to play a stipulated number of domestic matches when not playing for India.
"In the event of injury to the player, the board will compensate him the match fees that he would have earned for a maximum period of six months," Mr Srinivsan added.