BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary refuses to sign contracts

Mar 09, 2018, 09:24 IST | PTI

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary yesterday questioned the process followed for awarding central contracts to international and domestic cricketers, saying none of the office-bearers were kept in the loop on the matter

Amitabh Choudhary
Amitabh Choudhary 

BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary yesterday questioned the process followed for awarding central contracts to international and domestic cricketers, saying none of the office-bearers were kept in the loop on the matter. CoA member Diana Edulji, however, alleged that the BCCI finance committee sat on the central contracts despite three reminders and all officer-bearers were informed including Choudhary. The contracts for October 2017 to September 2018 were finally announced on Wednesday with cricketers receiving a windfall.

"What I can tell you for sure is that I was not part of process. I can also tell you that nobody from the board was. I also happen to be the convenor of senior selection committee and no meeting was called. I won't sign [on the contracts] if they come to me," Choudhary told PTI. Edulji countered Choudhary's claims saying the selectors indeed met on Saturday and graded the players. "We wrote to the BCCI finance committee three times [first time in October and latest this January] but did not get a reply. Now the players' insurance was also coming up for renewal so we had to go ahead with the contracts," said Edulji.

A new A+ category was introduced for India players who play all three formats while C category was added for the women cricketers. The five players in A+ category including captain Virat Kohli would gets Rs7 crore each while the players in A, B and C category Rs5 crore, Rs3 crore and R1 crore respectively.

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