Sourav Ganguly takes a “Decision” on First-Class Cricket in India


After vowing that first-class cricket will be his biggest focus, the newly-elected BCCI president – Sourav Ganguly – suggested that a ‘contract system’ will be formulated for India’s first-class cricketers.

“We will implement a contract system for our first-class cricketers,” Ganguly stated. “We will ask the new finance committee to develop a contract system plan for the First-class cricket.”

With as many as 38 teams competing in the Ranji Trophy, the execution of this plan could be complex. The BCCI boss, however, is optimistic and stated that the work has begun.

“It has been four days taking charge and there was a Diwali break in between. It will take around two weeks to evaluate everything and move ahead. at present, the process is going on” the new BCCI president Ganguly stated.

Presently, BCCI pays 13% of its gross revenue to the Indian domestic players; with each player earning around Rs 25 to 30 lakh depending on the matches played. The match fee for an FC game is Rs 35,000 per day. If the contract system comes into effect, it could be a big boon to Indian domestic cricket.


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