Board of Control for Cricket in India’s youngest unit has also proved to be the first and the fastest one to ensure financial security to its first-class players.
Sourav Ganguly has put the contract system for first-class cricketers from State cricket association on his agenda as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president. The home State of Ganguly’s deputy Mahim Verma, Uttarakhand has taken the lead by announcing retainer ships for its first-class cricketers. The juniors will be getting scholarships.
Uttarakhand was inducted into the BCCI in August this year. The State has confirmed five scholarships of ₹ 10,000 per month each for the junior boys and girls.
For the senior players’ contracts, Uttarakhand will follow the BCCI formula as and when announced. Meanwhile, a state cricket association has told national daily Hindustan Times that even if BCCI did not introduce contracts (for State players), Uttarakhand will go ahead with its own formula.
“There is no fixed number for contracted players at the senior level. The association has decided it will award performers. This initiative was needed because at the junior level, the equipment is expensive and kids find it difficult to buy. At the senior level, there are no jobs and no security for first-class players. There is uncertainty, so we wanted to ensure some level of security,” the daily has quoted the official as saying.
Meanwhile, two scholarships of ₹ 10,000 per month each have been announced for under-16 batsman Vanshaj Chauhan and left-arm spinner Mohammed Farhan.
Cricket fraternity has hailed UCA’s initiative.