Harbhajan Singh proposed a fee hike for domestic players.
The Indian Turbanator, Harbhajan Singh has voiced for his junior counterparts who haven’t got the opportunity in the IPL. Harbhajan Singh proposed to increase the match fees of domestic players, especially to those who doesn’t have any contract with the cash-rich league.His thought was backed by the BCCI captain and coaches conclave at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.
Harbhajan had written to India coach Anil Kumble and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to look into the fee structure at the first class level where the compensation has not been climbed for about 10 years.
“Everyone has urged the BCCI to look into the matter. As compared to domestic cricketers in England and Australia, we cannot make a living from the match fees we get from domestic games. Not everyone plays the IPL. It is important to ensure that even a domestic cricketer can live a good life,” said the captain of a team.
It is learned that CoA individuals Diana Edulji and Ramchandra Guha were agreeable to actualizing the recommendation. BCCI acting president CK Khanna and secretary Amitabh Choudhary were additionally present at the conference. The recommendations will be sent to the BCCI’s technical committee headed by Sourav Ganguly.
The house was practically consistent on getting rid of neutral venues, presented a year ago.”There were enough negative remarks about the new concept. A majority of teams had issues with neutral venues. There was hardly anyone in the room who was happy with it. We have requested to go back to the home-away system,” said the captain of a Ranji team.
The neutral venue system was introduced to counter pitch doctoring. “There were various suggestions. There was even a discussion on doing away with the toss,” he said. Some states suggested stricter guidelines for pitch preparation and negative points system to make the contest more result-oriented.
Umpiring guidelines in domestic matches again went under investigation. Many groups communicated dismay over the poor models.
“There is always endless discussion when it comes to umpiring standards. It needs to improve,” said a captain, who urged the BCCI to re-introduce the captain’s report.
“Umpires can fine the players for even a small mistake, but the error an umpire makes does not come to light since the BCCI discontinued the captain’s report policy. We have asked it to be reviewed,” he said.
There was also a suggestion to allow players not contracted with IPL teams to play in foreign T20 leagues and domestic championships in other states.