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Rahul proposes dialogue with BCCI

The skipper says this can sort out the irksome issues like endorsements and contracts between players and BCCI.

cricket Updated: Apr 08, 2007 20:01 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid on Sunday proposed a "healthy dialogue" between the players and the BCCI to "crease out the irksome issues" concerning curtailment of players' endorsements and contracts.

A day after the BCCI decided to limit the players' endorsements to three products and scrapped the graded contracts with the players, Dravid said in a statement that the two sides could work out a package that can take care of the collective interests and concerns of the BCCI and the players.

"The BCCI has always been very caring and considerate about the players' interests and I am sure that the BCCI would discuss the issue with the players at a suitable time.

"When this opportunity arises then we shall jointly examine the areas of concern and bother and crease out the irksome issues and work out a package that can take care of the collective interests and concerns of the BCCI and the players."

Dravid denied that the cricketers were on a collision course with the Board on the twin issues.

"It is not correct to project this whole issue as a conflict of commercial interests of the players and the BCCI. Let me clarify that there is no conflict between the players' and the BCCI," the captain said.

Dravid said the players had consulted Ravi Shastri, who has been appointed as Cricket Manager for the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh, and a few others on the way forward.

The BCCI Working Committee, which met in Mumbai on Saturday, decided to scrap the graded payment system and revert to traditional match fee-plus-bonus format.

It slashed the match fee from Rs 1.6 lakh to one lakh for each one-day international and declared a bonus of Rs three lakh for a series win.

It also decided that a player can have personal sponsorship tie-up with not more than three corporates and only two players can together endorse a product who is not a sponsor of the BCCI.

The decisions, alongwith other sweeping changes with regard to several other issues, came after India's first round exit at the World Cup.

Dravid requested "the media and the fans to show restraint" while commenting on the matter.

"We have had a disappointing World Cup and it is important that we all work together as the various stake holders in the game to help improve and take our cricket forward."