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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bonanza for players

In Indiatimes, a peek at what the contracts -- which the BCCI will reportedly hand out at the end of the Motera Test -- contains.
Two things that merit notice in this story -- over the past couple of weeks, the BCCI has been working overtime to maximise revenue; it has already landed a team sponsorship deal that is times three the previous contract, and there is much more coming down the chute. Apparently Pawar's mindset is to pass on a share of the moolah to the players. Nice (with this codicil: hope when the dust settles, we find that domestic cricketers are treated well too).
The second bit is this:
Sourav Ganguly, who met BCCI chief Sharad Pawar in New Delhi on Tuesday, to put forth his side of the story in the aftermath of his sacking, is likely to be retained in the elite Grade A, which features the eight best.
"Let's not mix up selection with contracts. Not everyone selected for the tour of Pakistan will be eligible for a contract. His selection is up to the selectors, but we see no reason why Sourav, as a professional cricketer, should be denied a contract and the money that comes with it," said a BCCI office-bearer, who isn't really a fan of the former Indian captain.

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