Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are slated to meet BCCI’s Committee of Administrators in New Delhi on Thursday along with head coach Ravi Shastri. Players contracts, cramped itinerary, and conflict of interest issues will top the agenda.
The team management had reportedly approached the Board of Control for Cricket in India CoA. As annual contracts are pending for renewals, the players will be pressing for a hike in their salaries corresponding to the growth in the BCCI revenues.
Insidesport.co has reported on Saturday that even in Indian Premier League players’ multi-crore contracts become insignificant when compared with the growth of the other associates in the league.
The players’ contracts have expired on September 30.
The BCCI under the previous contract has been paying INR 2 crore, INR 1 crore and INR 50 lakh to Grade A, Grade B and Grade C players respectively. The players have been pressing for a hike in annual contract and match fee. Former coach Anil Kumble had advised INR 4 crore and INR 3 crore respectively for the players contracted in Grade A and Grade B.
The CoA Chairman, Vinod Rai has expressed a positive approach towards players demands. He reportedly is planning to put the matter before the Supreme Court on November 29. “All these years, no one has bothered to consult the players about their final payment structure,” CoA Vinod Rai has told Time of India. “We have to change that because the game is for cricketers and they should not be deprived.
“We have had two rounds of discussions with the team management. We are again going to meet them and give a presentation on how it will be a win-win situation for the BCCI and the players,” Rai added.
The CoA chief has also hinted at a favourable consideration for skipper Kohli’s concerns about a cramped itinerary.
“I totally empathize with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognize as FTP has been drawn up such that all the State associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai has said during a Lit Festival session on Sunday. “Unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenues come and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year”.
Team India is scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 28, merely three days after the home series against Sri Lanka gets over on the Christmas eve. They only get to play a two-day warm-up game from December 30 before taking on hosts Proteas in the first Test from January 5.
Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.
Apart from the men’s team contract fees, the CoA is also going to discuss hike for the women players and are also going to look into restructuring the fees for domestic cricketers.