The Committee of Adminis trators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in In dia (BCCI) has extended a sort of an olive branch to the revolting state associations which are due to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in AprilMay. During the day-long meeting in Delhi yesterday, the COA has decided to hold a conclave with all the 10 staging state association. The meeting will be held in Delhi on March 30.
The decision comes in the face of continued resistance from the state units which have been making demands for advance payment for hosting the games, something that the CoA thinks is not permitted by the Supreme Court. Besides, the COA contends that it will make the payment after the IPL games, as is the practice, and not before. Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Rajkot, Bangalore, Delhi, Mohali, Hyderabad, Indore and Kanpur are the hosting cities.
There was no immediate reaction from the states as the letter for the meeting had not yet reached them. “Let's see the letter first,“ said an official of a state unit that has been in the forefront of the states that have been at loggerheads with the BCCI management.
As was reported yesterday, some state units had held a conference call and decided to toughen stand on staging the IPL games. There were also murmurs over the leaking of Deloitte audit report of the state units and the COA wants to clear the air over it.
Meanwhile, the CoA has decided to upgrade three players into Grade A in the central contracts and one of them, as reported by this paper yesterday, was Ravindra Jadeja. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay too have been promoted to the A Grade the retainer fee of which has been doubled to Rs 2 crore.Some of the big names missing from the contracts list are veterans Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir.
There are seven players in Grade A and one of them is MS Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh comes into Grade B the fee for which has been increased to Rs 1 crore from Rs 50 lakh. Grade C players, exactly 16 of them, will be entitled for Rs 50 lakh. Rishab Pant makes it to Grade C along with Dhawal Kulkarni. Veteran Ashish Nehra too is in this grade.
The BCCI has also increased the fee in every format. From now, the fee for a Test will be Rs 15 lakh with Rs 6 lakh for an ODI and Rs 3 lakh for a T20I.
The salaries of the support staff, however, have not been increased. It was felt that that 25 per cent hike that was offered to them initially was reasonable. Besides, the CoA wanted to respect the decision that was taken by the previously elected office-bearers.
“The hike proposed to them was reasonable in the first place. Besides, it was done by an elected body and hence it was decided not to change the decision,“ said a source in the know.
The increase basically applies to assistant coaches like Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, who now will be entitled for Rs 1.25 crore a year. However, when their contract comes up for renewal, there may be an increase for them.
In another decision, Sandhya Rajesh Sawant, wife of Late Rajesh Sawant who died while on an official assignment with the India Under-19 team as a trainer, has been granted Rs 15 lakh.
LIST OF CENTRALLY CONTRACTED PLAYERS
GRADE A (RS 2 CR) Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay
GRADE B (RS 1CR) Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jas prit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh.
GRADE C (RS 50 LAKH) Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Manish Pandey, Axar Patel, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Ashish Nehra, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant.
Courtesy: Mumbai Mirror