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BCCI floats corporate tourney for the unemployed

The BCCI at its working committee meet on Saturday decided to uphold the gradation committee’s recommendation...

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 4, 2009 1:38:42 am

The BCCI at its working committee meet on Saturday decided to uphold the gradation committee’s recommendation,refraining from including more names in the list of centrally-contracted cricketers. However,the Indian board floated a Rs 2 crore inter-corporate tournament that may ensure jobs for the non-contracted players.

With a number of associations objecting to the gradation committee’s decision last month,there was talk about a few “deserving” candidates being added to Grade D.

However,it is learnt that a compromise formula was worked out at the meeting. “Since this happens to be tournament for those who have missed out on the contracts,the fringe players will be compensated,” said a Board official. However,the official reason was that the board’s concern about employment opportunities for players.

Speaking to The Indian Express the BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty said,“Besides inviting private corporates for the tournament we will also welcome the government and semi-government institutions,” he said.

The winning team of the Inter-Corporate tournament will get Rs 1 crore,the runners-up would get Rs 50 lakh and the losing semi-finalists Rs 25 lakh each. BCCI’s joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale will be the chairman of the new committee that also includes other members K S Viswanathan,Prof. R S Shetty,Chamundeshwaranath,Ranjib Biswal and Anirudh Choudhary,BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a press release. On paper,BCCI’s plan look perfect but how,in times of recession,the corporates will respond to it remains to be seen it.

‘No default by sponsors’

The BCCI secretary N Srinivasan also spoke about the losses that the Indian board had suffered in wake of the Mumbai terror attacks. “There has been a drop of about Rs 120 crore in revenue because of the cancellation of two ODIs against England and subsequently the tour to Pakistan. Srinivasan also added that the BCCI was enjoying healthy relationship with its sponsors. “The BCCI clarifies that none of the sponsors associated with it are delinquent in payments. No default has been committed,” he said.

Meanwhile,the board also announced it would broad base its central training infrastructure by slotting specialised skill camp at three venues across the country.

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