State associations no longer have to provide their visiting players extra money, according to a decision made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during its annual general body meeting (AGM) in Goa. As with other domestic cricketers, those players who decide to play professionally and represent other member units will only receive their match money.
Many retired Indian cricket players aspire to move to neighbouring states because they receive big salaries. More than 100 cric keters from India will be affected by BCCI's decision. “There was a discussion on it, and it was agreed that the BCCI should put an end to it. Henceforth, states can hire guest players, but they can’t pay extra besides match fees,” an anonymous member stated after the meeting.
During the AGM on Monday, the state units reached a consensus on the choice. Whether the rule will be put into effect as of this season or not is unclear, though. Each state organisation is permitted to recruit a maximum of three guest (professional) players. Additionally, certain state units have been paying extra money in addition to match fees to entice professional players, especially since there are now 38 teams.
Another major takeaway from the meeting was that Arun Dhumal and Avishek Dalmiya were re-elected without opposition, but Pragyan Ojha, a representative of the Indian Cricketers' Association, resigned from the Indian Premier League Governing Council. Ojha served on the Governing Council for the previous three years, but now that he has decided to step down for personal reasons, the ICA will need to hold new elections to fill the vacancy.