BCCI working committee to meet

A two-day BCCI working committee meeting will take place in Delhi from today.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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New Delhi:

A two-day BCCI working committee meeting will take place in Delhi from today and top of the agenda is the issue of player contracts. The board had promised that the contracts would be in place before the Asia Cup but several problems seem to have stalled the entire process. At the heart of the issue is whether the contracts should be based on seniority or performances. The BCCI proposal which sees grade A players getting Rs 60 lakh a year in addition to match fees has apparently not got the approval of mid level players. They want that amount to be reduced so that the players in grade B and C get more money. These players also want reserve players in the team to get 75 percent of the match fees. The players currently get 90 percent while the board wants to give just 50 percent. The figures apart, the players also seem to be concerned about how the grading will be done. In Australia for example, its well known that Ricky Ponting has taken over from Glenn McGrath this year as the Australian Cricket Board's highest paid cricketer. However, in India the senior players want experience to count more than performance. The BCCI's meeting in Delhi is not likely to throw up any immediate solutions. Perhaps some suggestions can also come from the International Cricket Council. President Ehsan Mani will attend the meeting as part of the ICC roadshow that has taken the world's governing body on a worldwide trip to visit all its member nations.