The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday suspended its players' contracts and decided to implement a performance-based arrangement instead.
A similar overhaul could follow in India, which made a first-round exit from the World Cup — like Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) players' contracts — or "annual retainerships" — is up for consideration. "The modalities of the contracts will be worked out," said Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's chief administrative officer.
That the players' contracts will be based on performances has been made public before and the details were discussed with Rahul Dravid.
The PCB, like the BCCI, had worked out a three-tier contract system based on seniority. Each grade A player received Rs 2.5 lakh (in Pakistani rupees) per month while a grade B and grade C player got 1.25 lakh and Rs 75,000 respectively. The Indian players got an annual Rs 50 lakh, Rs 35 lakh and Rs 20 lakh — according to their grades.
The new BCCI contracts are expected to be announced in May when India tour Bangladesh. It is likely that less number of players will get the contract, unlike last year's 20.
The PCB has also decided to have a professional, paid selection committee. But things are different in India. The BCCI selection committee seems to be under no threat till the next board AGM in September 2008. Former chief selector Kiran More told HT that "paid or not, if India want to rebuild, the board should give selectors a longer term".