No decision on compensation: BCCI

After a crucial meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it has not taken any decision to change the guidelines for selectors.

updated: December 17, 2007 12:20 IST
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After a crucial meeting, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not taken any decision to change the guidelines for selectors.

Addressing a press conference after the Board's Special General Meeting and the Working Committe Meeting, BCCI Treasurer N Srinivasan said the issue was not discussed and hence the guidelines for the selectors stood in its present form.

The move comes after Board confronted with the issue of compensating chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar for stopping his newspaper columns. Vengsarkar has been at loggerheads with BCCI over the compensation issue.

A lot of promises were made to the Chairman of selectors, Dilip Vengsarkar but the issues of his disgruntlement were put on the backburner.

"The BCCI officials had laid down the guidelines. The Board felt if there are any issues, the office-bearers should deal with it," Srinivasan said.

On the issue of compensating Vengsarkar, Srinivasan said, "No decision was taken about any compensation. At present the guidelines stand."

The guidelines prevent the selectors from writing columns, prompting Vengsarkar to demand Rs 40 lakh from the board as compensation.

Vengsarkar had threatened to quit from the post and it needed intervention from BCCI President Sharad Pawar, who admitted it was a logical demand from the chief selector and assured a solution would soon be worked out.

The Working Committee also ratified the appointments of new Team India coach Gary Kirsten and Director of the National Cricket Academy Dav Whatmore.

The Board also decided to double its subsidy for state associations.

"We have decided to increase the infrastructure subsidy from Rs 25 crore to Rs 50 crore," Srinivasan said.

Another important decision taken in the Board meeting was to allow top two teams in the Ranji Trophy Plate group to compete between themselves before joining Super League teams in the knockout stage.

"This was done according to a suggestion from the Technical Committee. Some of the Plate group teams alleged that they did not feel like playing in a tournament like Ranji Trophy and hence the change in format," the BCCI treasurer said.

(With PTI inputs)