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Committee of Administrators meet set to expand women’s domestic schedule, hike all pay

A two-day meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators in Delhi is expected to push for a hike in fees of domestic players and receive Zaheer Khan’s response to the offer of bowling consultant’s role.

cricket Updated: Aug 05, 2017 23:05 IST
Harit N Joshi
Harit N Joshi
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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India women's national cricket team will likely get a pay raise soon. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) is set to have a two-day meeting in New Delhi on August 8 and 9 where a host of issues related to governance and the game will be discussed.

Impressed with the stellar performance of the Indian women’s cricket team, the CoA is expected to prepare a roadmap for the World Cup finalists as well as the domestic players. Their domestic calendar lasted less than two months a year, but it is likely to be expanded and the CoA and BCCI plan to introduce a 90-over (two-day) game. Currently, women cricketers play only 50-over and T20 matches at domestic level.

The CoA will also chalk out plans for Mithali Raj and Co in terms of international fixtures and preparation for next year’s World T20.

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Match fee hike across men, women and age-groups will also be considered in the meeting. The domestic men’s cricketers have demanded a substantial increase in match fee, which was last reviewed in 2007.

Zaheer reluctant

Hindustan Times has learnt that Zaheer Khan is unlikely to commit to the India bowling consultant’s role. Although the former India pace spearhead has not conveyed anything officially to BCCI or CoA, sources close to the player said he is not interested in the job.

If Zaheer accepted the BCCI offer, he would have to forgo his IPL contract and role as TV commentator to avoid conflict of interest. India head coach Ravi Shastri has roped in Bharat Arun as full-time bowling coach, a post first offered to Zaheer by the Cricket Advisory Committee.

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Shastri has made it clear to BCCI that Zaheer’s services might be required for only 15 to 20 days a year. Some of Shastri’s comments also deterred Zaheer from taking up the India role, it is learnt.

CEO issue

The CoA is likely to grill BCCI office-bearers over their decision to bar CEO Rahul Johri from the last Board SGM. The BCCI, in its reply to the CoA, has cited the July 24 Supreme Court order, while barring former Board bosses N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah (both above 70) from attending BCCI meetings.

Deloitte and Lodha

The implementation of the Deloitte and Lodha Committee reports is likely to take up quite some time. The two-member CoA will evaluate the funding and auditing process (for BCCI and state associations) drafted by Deloitte.

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 23:05 IST

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