The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) will grant central contracts to T20 players after 10 matches. The cricket board has made some modifications to their system of annual contracts and will now remunerate T20 players. Earlier BCCI gave central contracts to only those players who represented India in either Tests or ODI matches.
During the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA)’s tenure, the Indian cricket board had refused to give any weightage to those who played only a few T20 matches.
BCCI To Give Central Contracts To T20 Players
Before this, the BCCI followed the system that any player who turned out in any international game in a season would come below the board’s central contract system. The rules were tinkered by the COA when they resolved to give contracts to players who had featured in minimum 3 Tests or 7 ODIs.
T20 format is now extremely popular amongst fans and players in India. Every notable player wants to play in the shortest format of the game as it continues to grow rapidly. Promptly according to The Indian Express, BCCI has made it clear that from now onwards a specialist T20 player will not be denied of a central contract after he plays 10 matches.
“The board has decided to change the old clause and add a new one where a player who’s played a minimum of ten T20 games in a year can be given a central contract. In the new contract signed by players, this clause was included. If there’s any specialist T20 player, he should not be deprived of a central contract because his speciality is the shortest format,” a source said as quoted by The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the annual contracts of BCCI are divided into four categories based on which players are compensated. Category A+ players receive Rs. 7 crores, A gets 5 crores, B gets 3 crores and C gets 1 crore respectively.