DHAKA, May 7, 2007 (AFP) – New-look India flew into Bangladesh on Monday hoping to revive the team’s shattered cricketing fortunes and avenge the disastrous defeat that sent them tumbling out of the World Cup. No other result has caused such upheaval in Indian cricket as Bangladesh’s stunning five-wicket World Cup win that knocked Rahul Dravid’s men out in the first round in March.
Coach Greg Chappell resigned, proven performers were dropped and the administrators acted tough by slashing salaries, a move that threatens to boil over after the three-week tour ends.
The players last week refused to sign new performance-linked contracts that offered them a flat annual retainer of 500,000 rupees (about 12,000 dollars) instead of the previous graded scales ranging from 45,000-110,000 dollars.
The proposed retainer was besides the match fees, and the contracts offered bonuses for Test and one-day victories at home and abroad.
India’s cricket chiefs agreed to review the contracts after the tour but the players are unhappy that they were being penalised for the Bangladesh World Cup loss.
If the players were distracted by the contracts issue, they did not show it as they made the short 35-m