BCCI will also give central contract to domestic cricketers? (PC-AFP)
Many players, including fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, have demanded a central contract in domestic cricket as well, will BCCI do anything on this matter?
New Delhi. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is busy working out the compensation amount and its distribution formula for domestic cricketers battling Kovid-19, then such players, led by experienced domestic cricketers like Jaydev Unadkat, Sheldon Jackson and Harpreet Singh Bhatia. The demand for central contracts has intensified. Last month, former Indian cricketer Rohan Gavaskar had also demanded the state associations to award contracts to players other than match fees like those given to players of the national team. Most of the domestic players do not get a chance to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and do not even have a job and in such a situation they depend on match fees for their livelihood but due to the cancellation of the last Ranji season due to the corona virus epidemic, their Earnings have been affected a lot.
Saurashtra captain and Indian cricketer Jaydev Unadkat does not need contract security but believes that the top 30 players from the state should be given contracts.
Unadkat, who led Saurashtra to their first Ranji Trophy title in 2020, told PTI, “Before the pandemic there was talk about central contracts. Even cricketers in the age group should be compensated for not having cricket, this will keep them motivated and senior players should be given contracts. He said, ‘You cannot give contracts to everyone but top 30 players can be selected for contracts. I find a 30-player pool practical. A domestic cricketer can earn 15 to 16 lakhs in a full season but this did not happen last year when the Ranji Trophy had to be canceled for the first time in 87 years.
The captain of Chhattisgarh does not have a job, goes to England to earn money!Chhattisgarh captain Harpreet Singh Bhatia was among those domestic cricketers who got a chance to play club cricket in Britain amid the pandemic. He has been playing for Barnsley Woolly Minors since 2017. Bhatia said, ‘Last season I played all 10 matches of limited overs. Clearly this was not enough. I had to come to the UK for extra money. I do not have a job in India, so I have to come to England to increase my earnings.
He said, ‘If I had a central contract at home, then it would not have been mandatory for me to come to the UK to play. BCCI has cooperated in the past and I hope they will help us with good compensation even in this difficult time and hope to get contracts from the state associations. Bhatia, who lives in Britain till September, said, “We have to make a policy keeping in mind that most of the players do not play IPL and they do not even have jobs. And what if I get injured and can’t play the entire season. This is where the contract becomes more important.
Another veteran of domestic cricket, Sheldon Jackson, who represented Kolkata Knight Riders this season, believes that women cricketers should also be given contracts. He said, ‘State associations should give contracts. By this they can show that they care for their cricketers especially in times like these. You do not know how long the Kovid epidemic will last. Jackson said, ‘At least the players will have security so that they can take care of their families at such times and make their necessary payments. And why only male cricketers. Women cricketers should also get contracts.
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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has already said that the board is working on a compensation package with the state associations. However, this issue was not discussed in the special meeting of the General Assembly held on 29 May. India’s domestic season is tentatively to start in September but it will depend on the situation of Kovid in the country.