NCA top post is scrapped

The post of the director (cricket operations) of the BCCI’s Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been scrapped as part of the measures being taken to cut costs.

While confirming this, Ranjib Biswal, chairman of the NCA committee, also disclosed on Thursday that the academy would also start soon a course for match referees, like coaches, physiotherapists and trainers.

“No director (cricket operations) will be appointed now, after Patil,” Biswal told MAIL TODAY . “This shouldn’t be seen as a cost cutting step; we realised that the NCA was over-staffed. For instance, if it has three cars, there’s no need of employing five drivers [which are there]. We’re just trying to make NCA more professional.” By doing away with the director’s post, the BCCI would be saving about Rs 1.20 crore as according to the NCA budget for 2012-13.

Patil, who who was with the NCA till September last year when he was appointed chairman of the selection committee, was one of the three persons on whom the annual expenses was over Rs 1 crore, as per the NCA budget.

The others are physiotherapists Nitin Patel and Ashish Kaushik.

The expenses for Patel for 2012-13 was Rs 11,074,726, and the corresponding figure for Kaushik was Rs 10,126,666. These figures included their trips abroad with injured players. The total NCA budget for 2012-13, including the salaries of coaches, support staff, and administrative staff was Rs 21 crore, a 13.54 per cent rise over the previous year.

At present, there are 13 coaches, physiotherapists, and trainers. Out of these, seven are on salary and the others are on contract, renewable after every year.

The budget for the administrative staff for 2012-13 was Rs 7,387,760, an increase of Rs 1,237,272 over 2011-12, when the budget was Rs 6,150,488.

The staff included the NCA administrator, seven groundsmen, five car drivers, and accountants etc.

Besides, the BCCI had budgeted Rs 2.43 crore for other recurring expenses on cricket and Rs 60 lakh for ‘other recurring expenses’. And Rs 750,000 was set aside for miscellaneous expenses.

The total revenue expenditure was Rs 19.80 crore and the total capital expenditure was Rs 1.20 crore. The grand total was Rs 21 crore, a 13.54 per cent rise on that of 2011-12.

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