BCCI president Sourav Ganguly proposes contract system for first-class cricketers

Sport360 staff 18:10 29/10/2019
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Newly-elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has stated that the board will bring in “a contract system” for first-class cricketers, and that the new finance sub-committee will be in charge of the process of setting it up.

“We will bring in a contract system for first-class cricketers,” Ganguly told the Press Trust of India (PTI) in an interview.

“We (office-bearers) will ask the new finance committee to prepare a contract system.

“It’s just been four-five days [since taking charge] 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.”

This would be similar to the annual central contracts awarded to India’s international cricketers.

Known for ushering talented young players into the national side during his time as India’s captain, Ganguly had earlier stated that ensuring financial stability of domestic players was his primary concern as the Indian board’s president.

The 47-year-old was re-elected as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) last month. Having served in that post for more than five years, Ganguly will be in office as the BCCI president only till July, 2020 to serve a three-year cooling period mandated by the board’s new constitution.

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