Special Correspondent

Mumbai: Cricketers employed by Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), including petroleum companies and banks, revenue departments of the Government of India and corporate entities can look forward to take part in a dedicated national competition with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) deciding to establish an inter-corporate competition in the 50 and 20 over formats from this year.

“The modalities are being worked out and we are looking to launch the event in for August-September for around eight or 12 teams,” said a senior BCCI functionary.

Handsome prize-money

The prize money would be a handsome Rs. 1 crore for the winner of each of the 50 and 20 over format, Rs. 50 lakh for the runner-up and Rs. 25 lakh for the losing semifinalists.

The Ranji Trophy winner receives Rs. 60 lakh and the runner-up, Rs. 30 lakh. The BCCI initiative is clearly directed at corporates to employ cricketers on their staff and not on contract basis.

“Corporates in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi who have been promoting the game in a big way by employing cricketers will be invited to take part in the competitions.

“The PSU’s like petroleum, banks and revenue departments may be asked to field one team each like all-India petroleum and all-India banks team etc.” said the BCCI official.

At the Working Committee meeting here on Saturday, a few members raised the players’ contract issue, specifically on how Tamil Nadu’s S. Badrinath was awarded a Grade ‘B’ contract (Rs. 40 lakh) when he has not played a Test match, while Wasim Jaffer who has scored centuries in Test cricket has been awarded a Group ‘C’ contract.

CAB’s query

A State representative from South who attended the meeting revealed, “Jagmohan Dalmiya, President Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), asked why Manoj Tiwary doesn’t figure in the contracts list.

“The majority chose to brush aside the matter reasoning that players’ contract and team selections cannot be discussed at Working Committee meetings.”

The BCCI’s high-powered committee approved the reports of the umpires committee, finance committee, ground & pitches committee, junior cricket committee, senior tournaments committee and the gradation committee.

The meeting also noted the drop in revenue for the current fiscal by Rs. 120 crore because of the cancellation of two ODIs against England, India’s tour of Pakistan and also the postponement of ICC Champions Trophy 2008.

But the BCCI Secretary, N. Srinivasan, has said in a press release: ``While there will be a decrease in revenue, the BCCI will still have a healthy excess of income over expenditure for the current year.”

Specialised camps for fast bowlers, spinners and batsmen will be conducted by the Punjab Cricket Association, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association.

Inter-corporate competition committee: Sanjay Jagdale (chairman), K.S. Viswanathan, Prof. R. S. Shetty, Chamundeshwaranath, Ranjib Biswal and Anirudh Choudhary. Specialised coaching camp committee: N. Srinivasan (chairman), Sanjay Jagdale, M.P. Pandove, Dav Whatmore, Prof. R.. Shetty and Anurag Thakur.

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