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 the latest entrant, Uttarakhand has started to show the path, announcing that they will offer contracts and scholarships to cricketers at all levels.

However, it will come into effect only in March after the end of the domestic season. The Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) is waiting for the final guidelines from the BCCI before formulating all the details of the contract. As per reports, Uttarakhand are planning to go forward with the contract system even if BCCI backs out in the coming days.

Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand. Credit: BCCI

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Uttarakhand to bring contract system

The state came under BCCI in August earlier this year. Apart from first-class players, they have also announced scholarships for performing U-16 and U-19 players. Uttarakhand will give a scholarship of R10,000 per month for two U-16 players, batsman Vanshaj Chauhan and left-arm spinner Mohammed Farhan, for their performances this season. It will pay the same amount to performers at U-19 level once the season ends. The maximum scholarships at junior level for both boys and girls are five each.

“There is no fixed number for contracted players at the senior level. The association has decided it will award performers. This initiative was needed because at the junior level, the equipment is expensive and kids find it difficult to buy. At senior level, there are no jobs and no security for first-class players. There is uncertainty, so we wanted to ensure some level of security,” an official said.

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Cricket Association of Uttarakhand is also planning to set up two full-fledged academies for their players including one in Dehradun. The academy in Dehradun is likely to begin within a month while the officials are working on the other one. Former India U19 skipper Unmukt Chand, who moved to Uttarakhand this season welcomed the move by the state body.