Cricket Australia to review outdated contract system

Updated: Jul 29, 2011, 20:18 PM IST

Sydney: Cricket Australia has said that it will review its outdated and cumbersome contract system following the continuing outcry over unfathomable decisions by its selectors.

A daily quoted acting chief executive Michael Brown, as saying: "Can the system get better, absolutely. We`ve never been tested before because we had basically the same team for so long.”

He added: "Now 20-over cricket is booming, we need to look at its impact on the rankings and make sure we`re awarding the contracts to the right players.”

Under-siege chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch has also said that the system is "far from ideal".

Australian Cricketers`` Association CEO Paul Marsh said: "If the selectors are saying there`s something wrong with the system, then it is incumbent on the selectors to tell us what they`d like to do with it."

"We haven`t seen a proposal from the selectors or Cricket Australia to look at changing the system. I was taken aback yesterday by Andrew`s (Hilditch) comments that the system is wrong. Let`s hear it, how can we make it better," he added.

The selectors rank separate lists of the top 20 Test, one-day and Twenty20 players with a weighting of 1.25 for Tests, 0.8 for one-day players and 0.2 for Twenty20 players.

A player`s total points are combined and the 25 with the most get contracts.