25 October, 2020

The Bread And Butter Shots

The BCCI's put up an offer they can't refuse. But will the ranks and ICPA be a casualty?

Pradeep Mandhani
The Bread And Butter Shots
The winds of change are sweeping Indian cricket. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is offering a bouquet of financial sops to cricketers. The meek haven't exactly inherited the earth but we're talking Magna Carta, no less. The board has made three specific moves. Under the first plan, 20 top cricketers will be put in three grades with an annual retainership of Rs 60, 30 and 15 lakh. The second scheme offers 26 per cent of the board's revenue split between international and domestic players. Plan three is that reserve players will earn only 50 per cent of the fees received by the playing eleven.

Two of the board's representatives met four senior cricketers—Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble—in Bangalore last week. Talks were more than cordial. As media manager Amrit Mathur put it, "Both the board and the cricketers have learnt from the recent past and are in a spirit of compromise." Just that this could mean opening a can of worms. The board has assumed senior cricketers have a mandate to speak on everyone else's behalf. The...


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