Topic of Indian players’ retainership fees to dominate

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 08:23 AM IST
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New Delhi : India’s top cricketers are yet to receive their revised salaries despite having signed their central contracts back on March 5, an issue that is likely to dominate the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI, scheduled here on Friday in defiance of the Committee of Administrators (COA).

The players leave for the nearly three-month long tour of UK (Ireland and England) on June 23 and the officials will be gathered here on Friday trying to thrash out a way forward at the SGM, which has set out a 10-point agenda for the meet.

“Yes, the contracts are with me. If the House approves the revised pay structure tomorrow, I will sign it. In case they don’t, my hands are tied. Any policy decision needs approval of General Body and I can’t break the law,” BCCI’s acting secretary Chaudhary said on Thursday.

The Supreme Court-appointed COA has already made it clear that it does not approve of the meeting and has barred paid office-bearers from attending it. But the delayed payment to players is an issue that the panel’s head Vinod Rai is concerned about.

“I personally feel guilty that the players are not getting their remuneration on time. I have no clue what will be the decision of the General Body. But the proposals were there with the finance committee for a long time. The copy of contract has been sent to the secretary after the players have signed,” he said.

While players’ remuneration is a primary concern, there are a host of other issues that will be discussed at the meeting which will not be attended by CEO Rahul Johri as the COA has not approved it. Ditto for GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim.

Since the BCCI-COA relationship has been a fractured one and the members claim that they weren’t kept in the loop about the revised remuneration of players, it will be interesting to see what stance the general body takes.

As per revised contract system, the players in the A+ category will get Rs 7 crore, while ones in the A group are to get Rs 5 crore followed by Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively in the B and C categories. It is learnt that the players had signed the new contracts after detailed discussion with the COA. Accordingly, the COA released the new payment structure on March 7 with the names of the 27 players.

However, owing to the BCCI’s prevailing constitution, the secretary is still authorised to sign all players’ contracts.

COA issues showcause notice to Chaudhary

New Delhi : A trip to Bhutan to survey “soil and cricketing equipment” has landed BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary in a spot of bother as the Committee of Administrators (COA) has show-caused him, questioning the very “need of his presence” there.

Chaudhary has been asked to respond to the notice by July 4 on two specific counts. Firstly, “What was the justification for the visit to Bhutan? No prior proposal/ justification is seen in the records. No invitation/record could be provided by the office, excepting the rather abrupt e-mail attached on how the proposal originated.

Secondly, “Why was the approval of the Committee of Administrators not taken prior to your visit to Bhutan along with your Executive Assistant when you have done so in the past?”

The COA has also questioned Chaudhary’s frequent foreign trips and domestic travel, which is significantly more than BCCI treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and acting president CK Khanna.

COA was briefed by BCCI AGM (Cricket Operations) KVP Rao that the trip was meant to survey availability of cricket equipment, suitability of the clay/soil for preparation of pitches.

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