It looks like the Men in Blue will have to wait a bit longer to get the Rs 5cr as retainer fee. A meeting in this regard was held between the head of Committee of Administrators (COA), Vinod Rai,Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and other players.
To discuss the contract issue, Rai and another committee member, Vikram Limaye, met Kohli and a few Indian players in Hyderabad ahead of the start of IPL 10 . “We met Virat and a few other players and it was a very fruitful discussion with them. We have already asked chief coach Anil Kumble to make a presentation. In fact, Virat also spoke about the presentation,” Rai said.
“The committee wanted to know from the players what their demands are. It is ultimately the players who bring the board the money and one needs to address their concerns. Some of their demands seemed reasonable. The CoA didn’t promise the players anything regarding `5 crore, but it will definitely explore the option.
The understanding is that the entire financial structure for the players has to be changed so that it not only benefits the senior team, but also domestic players. The CoA has asked Kohli to make a presentation and in the coming weeks, there could be a good news,” sources in the BCCI told Express.
According to Indian Express news report, the former CAG made it clear that the COA doesn’t need “any intermediary” between the body and the players.
“Let me make it clear at the very onset that any issue pertaining to players’ interest will be addressed with utmost seriousness. We will not leave any stone unturned in this regard. But the COA will directly deal with players and does not need any intermediaries,” Rai told PTI during an interaction.
When asked if the next hike in central contract would be based on Kumble’s presentation, Rai replied, “That I can’t tell you right now but like we doubled the retainership fee for the 2016-17, we would certainly work on it again. The players interest will be kept in mind.”
The COA also met BCCI office bearers Aniruddh Chaudhry and Amitabh Chaudhary to discuss about operational details of IPL. “Both the office bearers have promised total support and co-operation for smooth running of IPL.”