Daily Archives: 28 September 2007

Symonds says…

Symonds has criticized the way the Indians have celebrated. He has obviously been pissed off at the reception that the Indian team got at Mumbai and also the way the team celebrated soon after beating Pakistan in the final.

This is what he had to say –

Something has been sparked inside of me, watching them carry on over the last few days. We have had a very successful side and I think watching how we celebrate and how they celebrate, I think we have been pretty humble in the way we have gone about it.

And personally, I think they have got far too carried away with their celebrations. It has definitely sparked passion inside of us. It has certainly spiced it up as well

Yup. I’ve watched how you guys celebrate, Symonds – like shoving the President of an International Cricket Board out of the stage after winning. If you call that humble celebrations, I would like to know how you would celebrate when you are not.

For a country like India were cricket is the second religion and where the sport hasn’t seen much success, winning the World cup without big name players is a big deal and giving the team a 20km ticker tape welcome is a way of celebrating their success. Don’t tell me there are no ticker tape parades in Australia – I even remember being  in the crowd in this one .

Symonds has also said this –

Something gets triggered inside of you, something is burning inside of you – it is your will for success or your animal instinct that wants to bring another team down. We have been at the top for so long, it is like someone has taken the favourite thing you own from you and you want it back

Now, I can understand that. Australia have been the top side in World cricket and it ought to hurt when you get beaten and I am sure it will stir you up. I am also sure Australia will bounce back, for it has the players and the experience to do so – but I don’t quite understand why you need to bag the way other teams (or nations) celebrate…


Player contracts…

The BCCI appears to have sorted out the new contracts for 2007-08 for Team India players. They have also increased both the contract-amount payable for each Grade as well as the number of Grades.

In the previous round, the contracts raised a few eyebrows, especially with respect to Zaheer Khan who languished in Grade-C! Zaheer Khan now moves to Grade A! The graded players for the previous round were:

  • Grade-A (Rs 50 lakh/yr plus match fee): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, M. S. Dhoni.
  • Grade-B (Rs 35 lakh/yr plus match fee): V. V. S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar.
  • Grade-C (Rs 20 lakh/yr plus match fee): Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Sree Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel.

The new contracts issued yesterday has the following make up:

  • Grade-A (Rs 60 lakh/yr plus match fee): Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, M. S. Dhoni, Zaheer Khan. [7 players]
  • Grade-B (Rs 40 lakh/yr plus match fee): V. V. S. Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, S Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik, R. P. Singh. [8 players]
  • Grade-C (Rs 25 lakh/yr plus match fee): Suresh Raina, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla. [7 players]
  • Grade-D: (Rs 15 lakh/yr plus match fee) Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Mohammad Kaif, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel, S Badrinath, Aakash Chopra and Yusuf Pathan. [11 players]

That represents a 33-player list split up into 4 different grades — the previous list had only 17 players! So this is already a step in the right direction by the BCCI contracts committee.

Zaheer Khan moved two grades up to Grade-A which offers a retainer of Rs 60 lakhs pa.

Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar drop to Grade-C from Grade-B while Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffer, Sreesanth, Dinesh Karthik and R. P. Singh step up a grade. Grade-B @ Rs 40 lakhs pa, sees a pay hike of 5 lakhs pa.

Ramesh Powar, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla are new entrants into Grade-C which, at Rs 25 lakhs pa, also sees a pay-hike of 5 lakhs!

Grade-D @ Rs 15 lakhs pa is a new grade and accommodates 11 new players in the ‘system’.

My view is that this is a fairer representation of the talent in India and is also, perhaps, a more fair gradation. Rathnakar Shetty, N. Srinivasan and their crew appear to have got it right. One can question the details, but the priniciples appear to be right.

In addition, any player who is not on the above contract/retainership list but was selected to play for India in Tests or ODIs, would be automatically placed in the Grade D for the rest of the year. Again, this appears to be fair. In addition, a Grade-D player who plays either 5 Tests or 15 ODIs in a year for India would automatically move to Grade-C.

Looks reasonably good to me.

— Mohan