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Ganguly moots contracts for domestic first-class cricketers

October 28, 2019 21:27 IST

Bengal's Ranji Trophy team pose for a picture after beating Tamil Nadu last season.

IMAGE: Bengal's Ranji Trophy team after beating Tamil Nadu last season. Photograph: Kind courtesy, Manoj Tiwary/Twitter

Sourav Ganguly hinted on Monday that a contract system will soon be in place for the thousands of first-class cricketers in the country.


The newly-elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India had mentioned earlier that the financial health of domestic cricketers was paramount and he wanted to increase their match fees.

In a move that could be a game-changer for domestic players, Ganguly wants to bring in a secured structured payment system, just like the annual central contracts for the country's top international cricketers.

"We will bring in a contract system for first-class cricketers. We (office-bearers) will ask the new finance (sub) committee to prepare a contract system," Ganguly said.

"It's just been four-five days and in between there was a Diwali break. It will take about two weeks to assess everything and move forward. There is a lot of work going on," he added.

Currently, a domestic cricketer annually earns around Rs 25 to 30 lakh depending on the matches played. The match fee for a first-class game is Rs 35,000 per day, excluding the daily allowance, and domestic cricketers get 13 percent distributed amongst them from the gross revenue earned by BCCI through broadcast rights.

However, in a big country like India, working out modalities for a contract system will be a complex task as every state has a different working mechanism.

Whether the BCCI draws a broad outline for gradation of players or instructs the state units to do the same, Ganguly is moving in the right direction.

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