BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary says he was not kept in loop about central contracts, refuses to sign them

The BCCI officials and COA have been at loggerheads of late as implementation of Supreme Court-backed reforms keeps getting delayed further.

PTI, March 08, 2018

New Delhi: BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Thursday 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.

Image of the BCCI logo. AFP

Image of the BCCI logo. AFP

"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 player's insurance was also coming up for renewal so we had to go ahead with the contracts," said Edulji.

"I can also tell you that the selectors met on Saturday and the gradation was done only by them," she added.

Off-spinner Jayant Yadav and Karun Nair bagging a contract despite not playing for India for a year raised eyebrows while someone like Rishabh Pant, who played for India on Tuesday, was excluded. Even Shreyas Iyer, who is a contender for World Cup berth.

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 Rs 7 crore each while the players in A, B and C categrory Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively. MS Dhoni was named in A category as he doesn't play all formats.

The BCCI officials and COA have been at loggerheads of late as implementation of Supreme Court-backed reforms keeps getting delayed further.

Updated Date: Mar 08, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Punjab
5 4 1 0 8
2
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
3
Kolkata
6 3 3 0 6
4
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
5
Bangalore
5 2 3 0 4
6
Rajasthan
5 2 3 0 4
7
Mumbai
4 1 3 0 2
8
Delhi
5 1 4 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111