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A Trade Union For Team India

For long, BCCI has underpaid generations of cricketers. Now, the CoA is approached for a redressal long overdue.

A Trade Union For Team India
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A Trade Union For Team India
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2017-05-20T09:24:41+05:30

All is not well between cricketers and administrators in a cou­ntry where such ties have been decorous, seamless and regim­­e­n­ted. Bad blood is brewing bet­ween Cricket Australia (CA) and top Aussie players, like nat­ional team captain Steven Smith and vice-­captain David Warner over players’ salary. A five-year-old MoU between the CA and the players expires next month, and CA chief James Sutherland has shot off an email to the players about a pay cut. So much so that Warner has told Sydney Morning Herald: “If it gets to the extreme they might not have a team for the Ashes (this summer).” Thi­ngs have not rea­ched such a head in India yet, but there are enough grumblings among pla­yers about the BCCI playing scrooge when it comes to share of revenues.

The likes of Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni are well off financially not because of a generous BCCI, but because of individual endorsement contracts won on the back of consistent on-field performances. Still, captain Kohli is “very concerned” about hundreds of cricketers, including juniors, and wants the BCCI to pay attention to their lot. Chief national coach Anil Kum­ble, who as an active player some years ago represented the players in talks with the BCCI, is on the same page with Kohli & Co. Kohli and Kumble have already made a presentation to the Supreme Court-­appointed Committee of Admi­nis­trators (CoA) over player-related iss­ues. They are set to meet them again, before the Indian team leaves for the Cha­mpions Trophy, starting on June 1 in England.

Over the decades, many arrogant BCCI officials have treated cricketers as lowly emp­­loyees, often with utter contempt, har­­dly heeding their woes, let alone let a players’ association survive. The last atte­mpt to...

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