February 26, 2021

Punjab rolls out annual contracts for cricketers – cricket

Regardless of the uncertainty looming over the present home season, the Punjab Cricket Affiliation (PCA) has put in place an annual contract system for its top-30 gamers for 2020-21. Terming it a ‘scholarship scheme’, PCA finalised a listing of 30 cricketers, together with girls, who might be given annual contracts for the upcoming season.The scheme might be positioned earlier than PCA apex council on August eight and formal approval from Bcci might be sought thereafter

The gamers have been divided into A B and C classes. Class A and B may have 10 gamers every who might be paid Rs eight lakh and Rs 6 lakh each year. Class C will comprise 10 U-19 gamers who might be given a month-to-month remuneration of Rs 10,000 every. Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, Siddharth Kaul, India girls’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia have been included within the A-list contracts. It would additionally embrace cricketers who performed for India or India ‘A’ final season.

Wicket-keeper batsman Anmol Malhotra additionally has made the highest checklist owing to his stupendous efficiency for Punjab in U-23 and Ranji Trophy final season. It ought to be famous that Harmanpreet Kaur is within the Grade A (Rs 50 lakh) whereas Taniya Bhatia is in Grade B (Rs 30 lakh) BCCI contracted gamers’ checklist too. There gained’t be any contracts for U-16 cricketers.

“We appointed a sub-committee which included the PCA vice-president, secretary, joint-secretary and Punjab senior males’s group captain to finalise the gamers’ checklist. Additionally, we formulated guidelines and set parameters in response to which this contract system will run in future. The gamers had been rated preserving in thoughts their seniority and performances. We don’t need our gamers to really feel handicapped resulting from monetary restraints and simply deal with the sport,” mentioned PCA secretary Puneet Bali, who pushed for the contract system after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mandated it for all states.

If there’s a curtailed season as a result of ongoing pandemic, there could possibly be deductions within the contract packages. PCA will launch the ultimate checklist of gamers on Tuesday. Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who labored extensively with younger cricketers throughout a three-week camp carried out on the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali not too long ago, lauded this initiative and mentioned: “It’s a nice step by PCA. This would offer the state gamers safety and in addition encourage them. This overhauling would assist cricketers develop and focus on their sport. Additionally, one takes loads of delight in representing a state which is taking care of you want that. The gamers are thrilled by this transfer. Some gamers don’t have jobs and are depending on match charges solely. So this annual contract system would cowl their monetary must an extent.”

Punjab is simply the second state cricket affiliation after Uttarakhand to supply annual contracts to their cricketers this season. It’s learnt they’ll announce the gamers’ particulars on August 13. “It’s an unimaginable step taken by PCA. Such an initiative will increase the gamers’ confidence and they’ll be capable to carry out properly. It sends out such a optimistic message to the gamers,” mentioned Bhatia.