Cricket - Featured - November 4, 2019

The new BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is here to revolutionize Indian Cricket

Indian cricket in the past decade (2/2)

Sourav Ganguly took office as President of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on October 23, 2019, during a general body meeting at the BCCI headquarters. He was the only candidate who applied for the position and he was unopposedly elected. Under his leadership, Ganguly has promised that there will be credibility from the board till is in the coveted position. 

Ganguly had been vocal about his position before his appointment as President of the BCCI, domestic cricket and cricketers would always be his main agenda to focus on this BCCI gig. He is said to be at the position for a ten-month tenure before he serves the mandatory three-year cooling-off period for completing six consecutive years at a state association and/or at the BCCI.

“We will bring in a contract system for first-class cricketers,” says Ganguly

As his agenda stands, Ganguly has focused on bringing the “contract system” for first-class cricketers and, for the same reason, a new finance sub-committee will be set up to assist in this process. Ganguly has said that it is going to take about two weeks to get everything going because it has only been days since his appointment and there is a festive break now. And there is also a lot of work going around in the background.

Ganguly feels that first-class cricketers need to be looked after. The major problem that these first-class cricketers face in our country is financial security. Ganguly has emphasized on this issue and has been conveying the same to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for the last three years.

As promised, he will look into the financial health of first-class cricketers. If implemented, this could change the appearance of a first-class game in the country.

Currently, BCCI pays its players 26% of its gross revenue each year, half of which is distributed among international players. However, how much each player gets is calculated on the basis of the number of matches they play. Which means a domestic cricketer is expected to earn around Rs 25 to 30 lakh [ US$ 35,350 to approx. 42,500 ] depending on the matches played.

Here is the list of policies that Ganguly has brought in as President of the BCCI

  1. A new rule which is applicable to the coaches – “no coach should be involved in the selection process.”
  2. Has decided to felicitate the members of the Bangladesh squad who played their country’s first-ever test match against India in 2000, a game in which Ganguly made his debut as Test Captain.
  3. Cricket Diplomacy – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been invited to stitch a new niche with two sides for both cricket and political aspects. PM Hasina will be ringing the traditional bell in the Kolkata Test.
  4. Day and Night Test –  he has been open about this and India will play D/N Tests from now onwards.
  5. Ticket Pricing-he wants a sold-out crowd in the Eden Gardens when India hosts Bangladesh and, for the same reason, wants to reduce ticket prices.

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