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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Santa Clause

News is the new contract will be finalized within a month (of course, the unstated codicil is, as always, that everything that is fact today could become fiction tomorrow, once the BCCI is done with its election exercise November 29).
Here's the bit that has me puzzled:
As first reported in The Indian Express, the injury clause, if introduced, could see dropped players walking away with full contract money, while those injured will face monetary penalty for no fault of theirs.

It's a weird sort of clause to have, really -- basically, it seems to be saying it's okay for you to underperform, or not perform, you still get your money. But say you dive a touch too enthusiastically on the field, or you do yourself a bit of no good while running in to bowl, and you need treatment and rehab -- well, tough luck, mate, but you are on your own (for instance, SRT when sitting out six months with a tennis elbow would have more to lose than a player who has been dropped for loss of form, lack of runs or wickets).

3 Comments:

  • and yet the players accepted the contract!!

    By Blogger JD, at 11:41  

  • I guess the rationale is that if you are dropped for non-performance, you are more likely than not, moving out of the indian team shortly with very little chance of returning - so the heftier salary check is acting as a sort of severance settlement. Whereas, on an injury induced sitout, you have a very good chance of making it back when fit and so the smaller check.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 12:03  

  • Come Visit Santa at his blog and tell him what you want for Christmas,

    By Blogger Clickbank Mall, at 19:56  

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