CoA head meets Kohli over pay concerns

It had emerged last week that some India players were unhappy with the revised pay structure Associated Press

The head of Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai, termed his discussion with Indian captain Virat Kohli a "fruitful one" and promised to address their unhappiness with the revised pay structure. Rai stated that the CoA did not need "any intermediary" between the body and the players.

"Let me make it clear at the very onset that any issue pertaining to players' interest will be addressed with utmost seriousness," Rai said. "We will not leave any stone unturned in this regard. But the CoA will directly deal with players and does not need any intermediaries."

Rai and Vikram Limaye, another CoA member, met Kohli and a few other Indian players in Hyderabad on Wednesday to discuss the central contract issue. Two weeks ago, the BCCI had doubled the annual retainership for Grade A, B and C contracts.

"We met Virat and a few other players and it was a very fruitful discussion with them," Rai said. "We have already asked chief coach Anil Kumble to make a presentation. In fact, Virat also spoke about the presentation."

When asked if the next hike in central contract would be based on Kumble's presentation, Rai replied, "That I can't tell you right now but like we doubled the retainership fee for the 2016-17, we would certainly work on it again. The players' interest will be kept in mind."

The CoA also met BCCI office bearers Anirudh Chaudhry and Amitabh Chaudhary to discuss operational details of the IPL that started on Wednesday evening.