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BCCI bigwigs, are you listening?

Friday, March 09, 2018

Creation of a small, elite and super club within the dressing room may not be conducive to very cordial relations among the senior players. Granting even that it was desirable, elevating Rohit Sharma to that club is nothing but sheer favouritism without any consideration. He has done nothing special to merit A+ elevation. For Rohit Sharma, it is mentionable that in the recent past, there were events to merit an automatic selection even into the playing eleven across all three formats, and certainly not Tests. Once it is decided to splurge on the annual earnings of the BCCI under mandated players’ contractual retention policies, even as it is seen to have the capacity to grant such largesse, to be sure, it does not matter very much who gets to decide and finalise the eligible players list and the precise apportionment thereof. The entity in CoA is essentially a SC appointed authority in a kind of misuse of power and thus the question whether it is the Board or CoA that should be seen assuming the bellwether role is just a formality in the face of wide ranging oversight powers that the latter enjoys. Ashwin after longish spells in test match and reap of rich harvest of wickets at home is going to get less, whereas a batsman having a poultry unit while opening the innings gets more. What a shame to cricket!
— C.K. Subramaniam, Sanpada

Sad and shocking to learn about the turmoil in cricketer Mohammed Shami's personal life at a time when he is playing so well for the country. His wife has accused him of domestic violence and the relationship between the couple clearly seems to have gone sour, which is the reason why skeletons are being thrown out of the cupboard. Popularity and fame does have its ill-effect when the media focuses on an individual, and one can only wish well for the couple. Shami is a great young fast bowler with immense talent who has done his country proud in recent times with good performances in South Africa. Somebody like a Gavaskar or a Tendulkar should intervene and try sort out problems the bowler is facing at the moment. The cricket board on the other hand has no business to withhold his annual contract as they cannot hold him guilty till the time his supposedly crime can be proved in the court of law. Counselling is the need of the hour and people close to Shami including his team members and coach should have a word with him to sort out matters if possible!
— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon

I read a news report wherein it was mentioned that the Indian Cricket Team players have got a hefty increase in their Annual Retainer Contracts. Grade A+ players have got an increase of 5 Cr, Grade A players an increase of 3 Cr, Grade B players an increase of 2 Cr and Grade C players an increase of 50 Lakhs. What is surprising is the Annual Retainer Contracts for Senior Women cricketers! There, the Grade A players get 50 Lakh, Grade B players get 30 Lakh and Grade C only 10 Lakhs. I think the Indian Women cricketers deserve a much better amount as they are also bringing laurels for India like the Men’s team. The male cricketers demanded an increase and they got more than they require but as the Women cricketers don’t demand, they are given stepmotherly treatment by the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) . The BCCI should increase the Annual Women Cricketers contracts fees to 1 Cr for Grade A, 50 Lakhs for Grade B and 30 Lakhs for Grade C. If you find my hearfelt view worth publishing as an article then you can do so else you can publish it in your Letters to the Editor column.
— Manoj J. Shah, Borivali

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