According to The Telegraph�s sources, Anil Kumble, the players� nominated representative, attended the recent BCCI finance committee meeting in New Delhi (as special invitee) and made a formal 35-minute presentation.
The presentation, which was generally �very well received,� will now be placed at the next BCCI working committee meeting, which should be in three weeks.
But while the BCCI is moving towards the �give�-mode, the �take�-aspect is somewhere in the background as well. As a source put it: �What about the players� obligation towards the BCCI? No contract, after all, can be one-sided.�
To balance matters, perhaps, BCCI president Dr A.C.Muthiah has constituted a three-member committee to �interact� with senior players, at a mutually convenient date, before the decision on graded payment/contracts is taken.
The committee members are: Former India manager Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, who launched the dialogue in Bangalore, BCCI treasurer Kishore Rungta and finance committee chairman S.K.Nair.
It is expected that this committee will �interact� with the same top guns �- Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Jawagal Srinath and Kumble �- who had a frank, precedent-setting discussion with Prof. Shetty in Bangalore.
The committee will have an internal meeting before its session with the top guns. In fact, a presentation may even be made at the next working committee meeting.
As has been done by Kumble, this committee will probably first �study and assess� the system specially prevalent in Australia and South Africa.
Kumble, it is understood, has suggested the introduction of a contract system with three tiers, with all the players �- 25 is the recommended figure �- getting an assured remuneration (retainership) each season, irrespective of whether they make the India squad or not.
The contracts are to be reviewed annually, a process which will surely see promotions and demotions. New faces, too.
Further, Kumble has proposed that the (basic) match fee should also be graded with the more experienced players obviously getting a higher remuneration.
Significantly, another suggestion is that those who don�t make the first XI ought only to be paid 50 per cent of the match fee. At the moment, all XIV or XV get equal remuneration, while the logo money (earmarked for each match) is shared in a 75-25 ratio between the playing and non-playing members.
[Currently, the match fee for Tests is Rs 40,000, while it is Rs 25,000 for ODIs. The logo money, for the first XI, works out to around Rs 1.6 lakh in Tests and about Rs 1.4 lakh in ODIs.]
Yet another proposal is specific to creating a win-bonus pool �- in other words, offering a handsome monetary incentive. Each Test and ODI victory, as also series wins, will fetch a fixed bonus.
Test series victories may make the players richer by Rs 15 lakh, while an ODI series win could mean a bonus of Rs 10 lakh.
Indications are that the BCCI, which has set the ball rolling, will accept the Kumble suggestions with �some modifications.� What isn�t clear, though, is what exactly will figure in the �take�-aspect.
Frontrunners Mohun Bagan made light work of an inexperienced Mohammedan Sporting, beating them 2-0 in their Super Division match at the Salt Lake Stadium today.
Bhabani Mohanty and Basudeb Mondal scored one in each half to seal the tie as Mohun Bagan maintained their winning streak (five matches) while their rivals for the day have now lost four matches in a row. Bagan�s nearest rivals, East Bengal have so far won two and drawn two. Tollygunge Agragzami have also won all four of their macthes.
Bagan started on a cautious note, concentrating on winning the midfield battle. But once Mohammedan Sporting�s inexperience in handling pressure was exposed, Bagan struck in style in the 37th minute.
James Singh swung in a left-flank corner into the box and an unmarked Bhabani, a 27th-minute replacement for Jayanta Sen, headed home.
The green-maroon brigade could have extended the lead within two minutes, but James� long-ranger forced a smothering save from goalkeeper Imran Khan. Abdulateef Seriki, who was left in the clear at the far post, failed to capitalise on the rebound from close range.
Mohun Bagan finally made it 2-0 into the seventh minute of the second session. A Bhabani shot was deflected off Ali Reza to Basudeb, whose powerful right-footer on top of the box lifted and moved in despite Imran�s best efforts.
�This is disappointing. Bhabani was left unmarked in the first post and nobody came up to block Basudeb. These are the basics of soccer, but unfortunately, our boys lack such things,� Mohammedan Sporting coach Chandu Roy Chowdhury later said.
Desperate to reverse the fortunes, Roy Chowdhury had decided not to give any further instruction to his boys during training yesterday. �In the previous matches, the players were told about my plans in detail, particularly during practice sessions but on the field, they looked tired as if they didn�t sleep thinking about my plans,� he said.
Roy Chowdhury�s side indeed looked more agile and active on the field today. They also enjoyed a certain degree of ball-posession. But they looked confused about their role in translating goalmouth attempts into success.
Their attack procedure � occasional crosses from the halfline deep into the box, hoping somebody would head home � looked more of escapism than genuine attempts to score.
The result was obvious. Mohun Bagan, despite a brief initial spell of sluggishness, carried the day almost at a canter.
It was only after Seturaman replaced Sheikh Sahabuddin, who was recruited just yesterday, in the 58th minute that Mohammedan Sporting made some inroads.
And after four minutes came Mohammedan Sporting�s first concerted goalward attempt. Winning a ball in the middle third, Ayaz Bin Abdul Haq, another substitute, sent in a left-wing cross to Seturaman into the far end of the box.
Seturaman acted in haste and his shot hit the side netting.
The black-and-white jerseys� other attempts were nothing but feeble and ill-directed tries to test Bibhas Ghosh under the bar.
On the other hand, Mohun Bagan, assured of a convincing 2-0 lead by that time, were relaxed, if not lethargic. However, a Bhabani goal was ruled out as offside and another Bhabani-Basudeb-Seriki combination around the box did not materialise.
MOHUN BAGAN: Bibhas Ghosh; Kajal Bhattacharya, Hussain Mustafi, Amouri da Silva, Rishi Kapoor; James Singh, Basudeb Mondal, Debjit Ghosh, Jayanta Sen (Bhabani Mohanty 27, Uday Konar 75); R.C. Prakash (Amar Ganguly 65), Abdulateef Seriki.
MD. SPORTING: Imran Khan; Saqueel Akhtar, Insan Ali, Amit Dutta, Sheikh Julfiqar Ali (Sarwar Ali, 17, Ayaz Bin Abdul Haq, 45), Ali Reza, Arunava Sarkar, Alauddin Rehman, Prosenjit Pal, Sheikh Sahabuddin (Seturaman 58), Amzad Hussain
Referee: Jayanta Sarkar
Shasthi Duley put Tollygunge ahead in the 26th minute and Moses Owira extended the lead after six minutes. Surojit Chakraborty reduced the margin for FCI in the dying minutes.
However, the match grabbed attention for the wrong reasons when Tollygunge custodian Sandip Nandy and midfielder Sandip Das were shown the red card for unlawfully preventing Surojit from an obvious goal-scoring chance and kicking the FCI player, respectively, in the first half.
FCI�s Bimal Sarkar received his second yellow card of the match in the second half and left the ground.
Bhratri, CPT win
In other Super Division action, Bhratri Sangha edged past George Telegraph 2-1 while CPT beat SAIL 2-0.
At the Howrah Municipality ground, Abdul Khalique and Okolonko Christian scored for Bhratri Sangha while Debabrata Roy pulled one back for George Telegraph. CPT rode Sanjit Saha and Pradip Indu strikes to defeat SAIL at the Mohun Bagan ground.
In the lone First Division Group A clash, Rajasthan Club and City AC played goalless.
Adjudged Cricketer of the Year for the first time since deciding to ply his trade in this state, Rohan was also Bengal�s highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy.
�I am deeply honoured to be chosen best cricketer,� Rohan said shortly after receiving his trophy from chief guest Maj. Gen. P.J.S. Sandhu, GOC Bengal Area. CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya presided over the function.
Will this inspire him to bigger deeds next season? �I don�t need such awards to inspire me... I�ve always had enough motivation to do well,� Rohan shot back.
Rohan said one of his prime goals is to help the state win the Ranji Trophy. �We have the nucleus of a very talented side,� observed Gavaskar junior. �It�s just that the batsmen and bowlers haven�t been clicking at the same time of late. I hope we can rectify that in the coming season.�
1st div. league: East Bengal.
2nd div. league: High Court Club.
Senior knockout: Kalighat.
Junior knockout: Victoria.
A.N. Ghosh Trophy Trophy: East Bengal.
J.C. Mukherjee Trophy: Mohun Bagan.
P. Sen Trophy: Mohun Bagan.
N.C. Chatterjee Trophy: Bhukailash.
Ajoy Ghosh Trophy: Burdwan University.
Calcutta district college meet: Prafulla Chandra.
Inter-district college meet: Narasingha Dutta.
Pepsi U-19 school meet: South Point.
Dattu Phadkar (U-19) meet: Siliguri Boys� HS.
Junior meet: Calcutta CCC (Rabindra Sarobar).
Ambar Roy sub-junior meet: Durgapur CCC.
Inter-district sub-junior (U-16) meet: Birbhum DSA.
Inter-district junior (U-19) meet: Howrah DSA.
Inter-district senior meet: Jalpaiguri DSA.
Best cricketer: Rohan Gavaskar.
Gentleman cricketer: Deep Dasgupta.
Best junior: Subhrajyoti Bhaduri.
Best sub-junior: Tarak Mistri.
Best in districts: Swarup Singha.
Best Under-14: Samik Mukherjee.
Best Under-16: Ajoy Garai.
Best U-19: Arindam Das.
Highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy: Rohan Gavaskar.
Highest wicket-taker in Ranji: Utpal Chatterjee.
Highest run-getter in Cooch Behar Trophy: Arindam Das.
Highest wicket-taker in Cooch Behar: Gourav Sharma.
Highest run-getter in U-22 meet: Arindam Das.
Highest wicket-taker in U-22 meet: Kunal Bajpai.
Highest run-getter in Vijay Merchant Trophy: Ajoy Garai.
Highest wicket-taker in Vijay Merchant Trophy: Saujan Biswas.
Highest run-getter in U-14 meet: Samik Mukherjee.
Highest wicket-taker in U-14 meet: Abhishek Saha.
Highest run-getter in U-19 school meet: Subhojit Pal.
Highest wicket-taker in U-19 school meet: Soumya Pal.
Highest run-getter in junior meet: Subhrajyoti Bhaduri.
Highest wicket-taker in junior meet: Arya Roy.
Highest run-getter in Ambar Roy sub-junior meet: Adit Osatwal.
Highest wicket-taker in Ambar Roy sub-junior meet: Sanjib Roy Chowdhury.
Highest run-getter in first div. league & knockout meet: Alokendu Lahiri.
Highest wicket-taker in first div. league & knockout meet: Prabir Acharya.
Highest run-getter in second div. league & knockout meet: Surjeet Singh.
Highest wicket-taker in second div. league & knockout meet: Karan Grewal.
Highest run-getter in J.C. Mukherjee meet: Arindam Das.
Highest wicket-taker in J.C. Mukherjee meet: Sanjib Sanyal.
Highest run-getter in N.C. Chatterjee meet: Prasant Malviya.
Highest wicket-takers in N.C. Chatterjee meet: Saurabh Sehgal, Rajesh Shaw, Jayant Singh.
Highest run-getter in inter-dist. (U-16) meet: Partha Sarathi Bhattacharya.
Highest wicket-taker in inter-dist. (U-16) meet: Amit Khamrai.
Highest run-getter in inter-dist. (U-19) meet: Biswajit Sharma.
Highest wicket-taker in inter-dist. (U-19) meet: Soumya Roy Choudhuri.
Highest run-getter in inter-dist. senior meet: Indranil Chakraborty.
Highest wicket-taker in inter-dist. senior meet: Sudipta Mukherjee.
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