BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Monday hinted that a contract system will soon be in place for the thousands of first-class cricketers in India, providing them with a much-needed sense of security.
Ganguly, in his first interview to the PTI, had mentioned 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 cricketers, the BCCI president wants to bring in a secured structured payment system just like the annual central contract 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 told PTI during an exclusive interaction.
“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,” the Ganguly said.
Ganguly also remained hopeful of playing the first-ever Day/Night Test against Bangladesh, notwithstanding the neighbours’ apprehension to pink ball.
The Test is scheduled to be held at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26.
The final outcome of Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) meeting with its senior players will be intimated to the BCCI president by late Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
“I spoke to the BCB president (Nazmul Hassan). They are agreeable, they wanted to speak to the players. I’m sure it will be a day/night match. They will also officially announce it soon.”