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Players, COA on same page on pay hike, FTP

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Nov 30: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday met with the Supreme Court appointed-Committee of Administrators (CoA) to discuss a number of issues, including the salaries of cricketers and the Future Tours and Programme (FTP).

Besides Kohli and Dhoni, head coach Ravi Shastri also attended the meeting with CoA chairman Vinod Rai, CoA member Dia Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, where issues like the player retainership policy and annual retainership fee were also discussed.

Rai said the meeting was extensive and fruitful without divulging the ture of the discussions. No decisions have yet been taken.

"It was a productive meeting. The team magement was very forthcoming with their recommendations and their thoughts on various issues," Rai told reporters after the meeting, which lasted more than two hours. "This was a path-breaking initiative. We feel we've found common ground and aligned our thoughts for the betterment of the game -- be it the policies under which the player remuneration and FTP will be worked upon," he added.

Ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in gpur, Kohli had complained about the cramped schedule and lack of preparation time for the challenging tour of South Africa next month.

Commenting on the issue of FTP for 2019-23, which will be discussed at the ICC workshop on December 7 and 8, Rai said: "On FTP, we agree with them and will look into it so that they get enough rest."

"All the inputs they have to give us were taken and we are going to factor those in. The FTP, we bounced it off them.

"Presentations have been made, they are in agreement with the FTP so that they get enough rest etc. Number of (playing) days I can't tell you exactly because we haven't yet worked it out," he added. IANS

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