Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) Special General Meeting(SGM) had a fruitful discussion on Friday, 22nd June as they gave their approval to new contracts for the Indian players internationally and proposed an enhanced pay scale for domestic players. The board officials have given a clear impression that they aren't willing to abide by whatever the Committee of Administrators(COA) appointed by the Supreme Court, says and decides.
As per this, no place in the meeting was given to Ajit Singh who was recently appointed as the new chief of the Anti-Corruption Unit. The SGM also felt it was best to hand the incumbent Neeraj Kumar an extension till a new appointment was made. The Ranji status given to Uttarakhand by the CoA in a meeting last week was also rejected by the body.
The body also announced that two divisions will come into the Ranji system with the top 28 teams participating in the elite division and a plate division consisting of the likes of Bihar and North-Eastern states.
The acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted saying about the developments in the meeting as, “The general body of the BCCI has endorsed and authorised me to sign the contracts and proposed an increase in domestic cricket for both men and women once information is available to us. We do not have the agenda papers despite the notice saying all agenda papers should reach us, Player contract enhancement for domestic players has been proposed taking into consideration the inflation and all the other aspects as we feel these have made the actual value of money they get small. It will come into effect from the 2017-18 season and a holistic approach will be taken.”
Talking about the infrastructural change for the National Cricket Academy, Chaudhary said, “The general body has given NCA board directions to sit down and chalk out policies keeping in mind growth of the game. They have been asked to prepare a document to fulfil all necessary requirements for the new academy. We are looking to have a state of the art NCA.”
He concluded, “Despite doubts, the SGM has taken place at appointed time and place and while the SGM has been smaller in the past, we had 28 nominations today. All resolutions adopted today are unanimous and after discussion. We have certain duties, the CoA has certain duties. We will continue to work under the supervision of the CoA.”
(Inputs from CricketNext)