The spat over the players contract between Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Committee of Administrators’ Vinod Rai notwithstanding, it is difficult to visualise the new contract system as anything more than playing to the galleries.
To start with, the creation of a new category, A+, and the manner in which it has been put together, defies logic.
Rai is reported to have said that the suggestion originated from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni and that the players wanted this category to be dynamic and to feature only the best performers.
"They wanted a category of pure excellence where you perform and you are rewarded. And hence the players would not occupy a permanent slot in this category because if you don't perform then you slip down the order," he is reported as having said to a website.
Now Rai, with his background of economics and accounts, might well be familiar with A+, AA+, AAA+ categories. But do they really fit into Indian cricket’s concept of team spirit, irrespective of what players high on form and performance say?
For instance, Sourav Ganguly when captain of India, was never really an impact player or performer like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag. Would Rai, with his “players would not occupy a permanent slot in this category because if you don't perform then you slip down the order” approach have...