Punjab. Credit: Twitter

Newly-elected President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly had vouched to bring contract system in first-class cricket soon after taking the chair. The move was the heart to ensure financial stability to all the cricketers playing at the domestic levels. And now after Uttarakhand, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is all set to introduce a contract system from the upcoming domestic season 2020-2021.

First-class cricketers have always complained about not having a proper and transparent system. Ganguly, who has been through the grind of domestic, took up the issue on a priority basis. And it seems like the state associations have already started to follow his footsteps despite BCCI yet to take any action regarding the same.

Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Vijay Merchant, Yuvraj Choudhary, Aaqib Khan, Sameer Rizvi, Anurag Watts
Punjab sealed Vijay Merchant Trophy 2017-18 in Mumbai. Photo Credit: BCCI.

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Punjab to introduce contract system

Punjab will now be offering central contracts to its 30 top-performing domestic players for the 2020-21 season, its secretary Puneet Bali said. On Saturday, the association held its first apex council meeting in Mohali, where the new move was cleared. The players will be divided into three categories – A, B, and C.

‘A’ category will have 10 players, who will be paid Rs 8 lakh per annum, while ‘B’ category will also consist of 10 players and will be paid Rs 6 lakh per annum. The category ‘C will comprise another set of 10 players of under 16 and under 19, will get a monthly remuneration of Rs 10,000. Punjab have constituted to make the rules and to chalk out the modalities. The committee will choose the players on the basis of their performance in the upcoming season.

Ankush Das

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