The BCCI will attempt to sort out the long-standing problem of player contracts in Bangalore on June 11. The contracts committee, comprising BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan, vice president Shashank Manohar and Punjab Cricket Association chief IS Bindra, will meet the senior players to try and thrash out a solution before the BCCI working committee meeting in Delhi on June 12.
The players are without a contract since the lapse of the previous one in September last year. They had refused to sign the proffered contracts before leaving for the Bangladesh tour as they were reportedly unhappy with certain clauses dealing with the cap on endorsement deals (three per player) and the introduction of a flat retainership amount.
After the poor World Cup show, the BCCI had scrapped the scheme of graded contracts (in A, B and C categories) and reduced the retainership amount to five lakh, irrespective of a player's seniority.
These issues and more will be discussed at the meeting, as will issues like the introduction of performance based incentives and restrictions on media interaction. A top Board official, confirming the meeting, told HT that the players’ views would be heard out.
“We are not in a war with our players... we will listen to their views and then take a decision, keeping everything in mind.”
It will be interesting to see if they actually do, given that at least two members of the committee are believed to be hardliners, who have insisted that players should be made to toe the line.
BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah indicated as much. “The players are free to discuss their concerns but the final decision on the matter rests with the Board.”
And then he added a slim ray of hope. “We will take their opinion into account when we make that decision.”