10-point plan for revival of cricket
Thursday March 29 2007 08:06 IST
G V Ramakrishna
The recent reactions among cricket fans and in some sections of the media are irrational in many respects. First, this is not the first time we have lost to
Talent search and Training: 1. In each State there should be a Selection Board of experienced cricketers with expertise in batting, slow and fast bowling and wicket keeping. This board should tour the districts to watch inter school matches and spot talent (latent and potential). Selected boys should be given a two-week intensive coaching in the different aspects of the game with special diet allowance of Rs 200. From this group of about 20 boys up to five boys should be selected for training at the State Training Institutes. 2. In each State there should be Training Institutes for training in batting, slow and fast bowling with competent Indian coaches. During this training the boys should be given a stipend of Rs 300 per week of training for about 2 to 3 weeks. During the training board and lodging should be free. 3. There should be a National Trainers Institute where the instructors can be trained by senior coaches, national and foreign. Indian coaches should get remuneration according to their seniority and experience. Foreign coaches should be paid at international rates to get the best talent. 4. The BCCI should have more experienced players than politicians and industrialists.
Players contracts: 1. The BCCI should lay down the remuneration for Ranji, Duleep and National players. 2. For National players there should be a base level of remuneration at three levels Rs 20, 15 and 10 lakhs per year. Incentives should be offered for performance in international matches with higher incentives for performance in matches outside the country. For Ranji and Duleep players lower levels of remuneration should e fixed. 3. Players under contract should be prohibited from promotional advertisement for commercial products. They can participate, with nominal compensation, for promotion of AIDS awareness, family planning, etc. 4. While annual scheduling of matches, half the time should be set apart for matches in
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