Indian cricket will have a new ensemble into its structure, which was through discussion since long. In the lines of countries like Australia, India is all set to form a Cricketer’s Association. The process of formation is already in line under the supervision of Committee of Administrators. The CoA is a Supreme Court appointed body to supervise the day to day business if BCCI’s reformed administration. As reported, GK Pillai and Mohinder Amarnath, members of the standing Committee are to formal process of creating the player’s association. Previously, four members comprised the standing committee, including Anil Kumble and Diana Edulji. Kumble joined as the team India coach and Edulji became an Administrator.
The objective of player’s association is to provide players “a voice to raise their concerns.” The association is expected to keep away players from any association on the lines of trade unions. The player’s association will work exclusively for welfare of players. The hosts of welfare activities will include insurance, medical coverage, and other commercial benefits. As recommended by the Lodha Committee, players who has played at least ten first-class matches will automatically became members of the player’s association.
The present process of membership is online. Former players will have to fill in their details in the online form available in BCCI website. All registered members will be eligible to vote and actively participate in the decision-making system in cricket administration of the country. A member of the association will be a part of Apex Council of cricket. However, per BCCI sources there will be more than 5000 members in the association if a minimum of ten first-class matches is granted as the criteria. The process will be quite difficult owing to the number of members. Still, the standing committee is trying to sort out the complexities in the process and create a strong player’s association that can deliver its objective efficiently.
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