BCCI may shuffle players' contracts

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> The new dispensation in the BCCI has not yet decided on any time frame to introduce the new players' contract for the 2008-09 season.

Updated: October 04, 2008 14:12 IST
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The new dispensation in the Cricket Board, with Shashank Manohar at the helm, has not yet decided on any time frame to introduce the new players' contract for the 2008-09 season after the expiry of the old one at the end of September.

"It will take some time as things have to settle down after the elections. It cannot be said that they will be put in place by such and such date," BCCI sources said on Saturday.

The 2007-08 BCCI players' contract saw international cricketers divided into four groups - A, B, C and D - with their annual retainers being Rs 60 lakh, Rs 40 lakh, Rs 25 lakh and Rs 15 lakh respectively.

A total of 33 players, including seven in the lead group, got the contracts last season - up from 17 the previous season - following the introduction of the fourth group of up and coming players.

Test skipper Anil Kumble, senior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, apart from one-day and Twenty20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, experienced pacer Zaheer Khan and flamboyant batsman Yuvraj Singh, were in Group A.

It's a debatable point how many of them will retain their places when their contracts are renewed for the 2008-09 season by the BCCI with not only Kumble but also Dravid and Ganguly out of the limited overs picture.

Yuvraj has since then struggled to cement his Test spot while Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag, placed in Group B, have performed well in Tests and limited overs matches to push strongly their claims for an upward revision.

There are also players like Wasim Jaffer, S Sreesanth and Dinesh Karthik, in Group B, whose performances have dipped and they could be downgraded to C.

Group C had Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Robin Uthappa, nowhere in the picture now, while Group D contained Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Ranedeb Bose who had failed to impress.

Thus, a lot of changes are likely in the contracted players' list when it's decided by the Board.

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