BCCI climbs down on players' contracts

BCCI says team members can sign the contracts after returning from B'desh tour.

cricket Updated: May 04, 2007 18:05 IST

After flexing its muscles over the players' contracts, the BCCI on Friday made a tame climb down and said the Bangladesh-bound team members can sign the contract even after returning from the tour if they are not happy with some of the clauses.

"I don't have a feedback yet from the players. I am going to Kolkata on Sunday and will talk to the players and hear their concerns if there are any," BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said.

Shah also felt that if the players have some reservations then it would not be possible for them to sign the contracts before they leave for Dhaka.

"They can sign the contracts after returning from the tour of Bangladesh (May 7-29)," he said.

Shah had said from London, a couple of days ago, while returning after witnessing the World Cup final in the West Indies that the players will have to sign the contracts before departing for Bangladesh on Monday.

As per the clauses of the contracts, the players will get only Rs five lakh as flat retainer fees irrrespective of their seniority, a far cry from the Rs 20-50 lakh they were earning till September, 2006.

They are also entitled to a bonus for victories in matches and series separately but obviously the players are totally unhappy over these figures.

The board official's posture was indicative of a clear climb down from the tough stand adopted earlier by the board at the review meeting held in Mumbai to discuss the team's debacle in the World Cup last month.

Pressed further whether there was any deadline laid by the Board for the players to sign on the dotted line, Shah said "no, there's no deadline."

About the cap on players' endorsements which has led to a lot of heartburn in various quarters, Shah made it clear that it was a Working Committee decision.

"If some changes have to be made in this then only the working committee can do it," he reiterated.

The working committee of the Board had decided on April 7 that no player can sign more than three endorsement deals with sponsors/products at a time and not more than two players can be contracted by a single sponsor.

The committee had also decided that the players will not be allowed to do any sponsor-related events 15 days before the tour and also during the tour.

The players would get Rs 1.5 and Rs 2.5 lakh each respectively as match fees for ODIs and Tests.

Players will get Rs 2.5 lakh each for ODI wins both at home and overseas while a drawn Test in India will fetch Rs 2.5 lakh and a Test win would be rewarded with Rs 4.5 lakh per player.

The playing eleven will get these amounts while the reserves would get half of this.

For a drawn Test overseas the players would get Rs 3.5 lakh each and for a win abroad they will get Rs 5.5 lakh, Shah said.

There would be team bonus too for series wins in ODIs and Tests, Shah said.

At home, for winning a five-match ODI series the team will get Rs 50 lakh while for a triumph in a three-Test would fetch the squad a bonus of Rs 75 lakh.

The sum increases for series victories overseas with the team entitled to receive Rs 75 lakh for a five-match ODI series and Rs 1.2 crore for winning a three-Test series.

For other ODIs involving more than two teams and for extra Tests in a rubber, the amount would be proportionately worked out, he said.

First Published: May 04, 2007 15:54 IST