The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on its Special General Meeting (SGM), scheduled on June 22 will debate on the new player contracts proposed by the CoA that saw the introduction of an ‘A+’ category and a steep pay hike to cricketers.
Meanwhile, under the new compensation structure, five ‘A+’ category players get Rs 7 crore each per annum. While seven Grade A, seven Grade B and as many Grade C cricketers get Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore each, respectively.
A BCCI official questioned the new move stating it is not serving the purpose.
“Why did they (COA) bring in a new category? The idea was to compensate the Test specialists, who don’t have the IPL contracts, adequately. And if the top bracket is exclusively for those who are regulars in all three formats, then what would be the adjustments like, if someone is dropped from a particular form of the game?” asked a BCCI official.
The official also feels this exceptional pay rise doesn’t match with India’s socio-economic structure. The new compensation structure, too, bypassed the general body.
Further, they could also disapprove the appointment of the new anti-corruption (ACU) head, Ajit Singh. The appointment of Singh didn’t go well with many top office bearers.
As per the existing BCCI constitution, every Board appointment requires ratification from the general body to be effective. Singh’s employment doesn’t have the members’ rubber stamp yet.
“There’s every chance that the members might not agree to the appointment of the new ACU head. The COA can’t take such a decision without calling an SGM,” he added.
The appointment of the Board’s new General Manager (Marketing), Priya Gupta, could also come under the SGM scanner.
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