The BCCI could decide on performance-based payment for the cricketers and a decision to this effect could be taken in January, a top official said on Friday.
Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was reacting to India's 157-run defeat to South Africa in the second one-day international in Durban on Wednesday.
"Before the team left for South Africa the idea to link payment with performance rather than a flat mode of payment, that is in practice, was mooted but it was not discussed in length since there was no time," Shetty told CNN-IBN news channel.
"But the issue will be taken up when the board meets in the first week of January to discuss the existing contracts of the players," he said.
But BCCI officials have also made it clear that there was no question of cutting the salaries of the players at this stage while they were touring South Africa.
There were angry protests by fans Thursday over the team's performance and the matter echoed in the parliament as well with MPs demanding that coach Greg Chappell should be held accountable for the defeat in the second ODI at Durban.