CoA’s initiative to form a Player’s Association is at full pace. Formation of a Cricketers’ Association at National Level is among the major recommendations of the Lodha panel. The CoA planed out formation of a four-member committee, which will form the Player’s Association. Four names are recommended for the committee including Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, Bharath Reddy and GK Pillai. This will be the Steering Committee of BCCI to come up with the Player’s Association. The Lodha panel too recommended four names for the committee earlier. The panel recommended GK Pillai, Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Edulji and Anil Kumble. However, Kumble and Amarnath were not ready for the position, while Edulji was a part of the CoA.
Anshuman Gaekwad is a former cricketer, who is currently associated with Baroda Cricket Association. Former player Bharat Reddy is in administrative role in Tamil Nadu Cricket. Kapil Dev, the former captain of India was offered the position of Head of Players’ Association of Haryana, which he denied. The CoA is now offering him the post of Head of the Steering Committee that will work on forming the Player’s Association.
The Lodha Committee recommended forming a Player’s Association to give players a voice to raise their concerns. The association will not work as a ‘Trade Union’, and it will work to advance the welfare of players. The welfare activities will include insurance, medical expenses, and several commercial benefits for players. However, Abbas Ali Baig, a former batsman said player’s association is not successful in the country because cricketers here are powerful enough to speak on their own to administrators.
The Steering Committee, as Lodha Panel recommended will need to identify and invite all eligible ex-cricketers to open back accounts and disburse BCCI funds. Per CoA the fund allotted for paying players will not exceed 26% of BCCI’s total revenue. Lodha Panel wanted to include cricketers who played no less than 10 first-class games under the ambit of the Player’s Association.
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