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Board to mull players’ contracts and attributes clause issues

The BCCI meet will discuss issues like the players contracts and the proper implementation of the clause in those contracts.

cricket Updated: Apr 03, 2007 10:44 IST

In addition to the Greg Chappell conundrum and his and the tour manager (also national selector) Sanjay Jagdale's report on the World Cup

debacle, the BCCI meet over Friday and Saturday will also discuss a couple of other raging issues.

These include the 'players contracts' (more precisely, the players' retainerships or graded payments) for international cricketers and the proper implementation of the contentious "attributes" clause in those contracts.

The attributes clause basically looks to control the physical representation or "image" of a player or players in endorsements. "We are having a problem with team sponsorships," said an official. "Obviously team sponsors who have paid huge amounts to be BCCI sponsors, have issues with four or more players coming in advertisements like Pepsi and Reebok. Why should we not protect our sponsors, just like the ICC protects theirs, vis-à-vis us?

The money coming from a team sponsor goes into a pool that will benefit all the players, not just top ones. That clause was already there in their contracts but it will now have to be properly implemented and we will try and ensure that not more than two players, maybe three, can appear together in one advertisement. It should not look like the brand they are endorsing sponsors the Indian team."

This though, may be difficult to implement straight off as there could be legal battles with individual sponsors ahead. Still, given that the players are on a sticky wicket (cricket-wise) at the moment, things could go either way. The Board will also discuss the division of about Rs 30 crore (equivalent to 13 percent of the BCCI's total revenue for the year, which goes to the international cricketers). This needs ironing out, as there has been no contract in place since the last one expired on September 30, 2006.

Finally, even though Rahul Dravid will make a verbal report to the Board committee and gallery of ex-captains, the meet will not take a

decision on his staying on as captain, that decision will be left to the Indian selection committee, unless Dravid himself says something in this regard there.