The crème of the Indian cricket team has signed their new revised contracts on March 5, but are yet waiting to receive the revised salaries. This issue will be at the forefront during the BCCI special general meeting, which is taking place in defiance of CoA.
"Yes, the contracts are with me. If the House approves the revised pay structure tomorrow, I will sign it. In case they don't, my hands are tied. Any policy decision needs approval of General Body and I can't break the law," BCCI's acting secretary Chaudhary told PTI.
The players leave for the nearly three-month-long tour of UK (Ireland and England) on 23 June.
The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) have cleared that the meeting doesn’t have their approval and it has barred paid officials from attending the meeting.
"I personally feel guilty that the players are not getting their remuneration on time. I have no clue what will be the decision of the General Body. But the proposals were there with the finance committee for a long time. The copy of contract has been sent to the secretary after the players have signed," CoA chief Vinod Rai said.
A host of other issues will be discussed at the meeting which will not be attended by CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim as the COA has not approved it. The CoA has asked the employees not to entertain any invoices raised in regards to airfare and TA/DA.
Since the BCCI-COA relationship has been a fractured one and the members claim that they weren't kept in the loop about the revised remuneration of players, it will be interesting to see what stance the general body takes.
The players in the A+ category will get Rs 7 crore, while ones in the A group are to get Rs 5 crore followed by Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively in the B and C categories, according to the new revised annual contracts.
Accordingly, the COA released the new payment structure on 7 March with the names of the 27 players. However, owing to BCCI’s constitution the secretary needs to sign all players’ contracts. Hence Choudhary is required to sign the contracts, in which, the monthly remunerations are separate of the match fees and daily allowances.
The BCCI will also discuss matters pertaining to the ICC, including the contentious Members Participation Agreement (MPA) under which the 2021 Champions Trophy in India has been changed to an ICC World T20 in pursuit of greater revenues.
(With inputs from the Press Trust of India)