Sourav Ganguly To Introduce Central Contract System For Domestic Cricketers

Indian Express

The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is planning to take a major step towards changing the payment structure of the domestic cricketers in India. The domestic Indian cricketers currently get paid on the basis of the no. of matches they play during a season.

They don’t get a central contract from the BCCI. The central contracts ensure a certain amount of money the cricketers get paid every season irrespective of how many matches they play. The system is there for the India internationals, but not for the domestic cricketers.

The India internationals are divided into four categories under the central contract system – A+, A, B and C. Those who are in the A+ category get ₹ 7 crore annually, while those who are in the A, B and C category get ₹ 5 crore, ₹ 3 crore and ₹ 1 crore respectively.

Ganguly wants to bring the domestic cricketers under that system as well so that they remain secured about their earnings and don’t have to worry even if they are left out of the team for a dip in form.

According to Ganguly, he has taken charge only recently and in between that, there was Diwali as well. So, he hasn’t had enough time to have a conversation with all the committees of the board including the finance committee which is the most important body regarding this development.

“We will bring in a contract system for first-class cricketers. We will ask the new finance committee to prepare a contract system. It’s just been four-five days and in between there was a Diwali break.”, Ganguly told the reporters.

Sourav Ganguly will have to make sure that the member associations are in agreement with him as far as this plan is concerned as not every member association of the BCCI works in the similar fashion. If they are not taken into confidence, it might result in obstacles.

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