This is probably the reason why Ravi Shastri was roaming here and there crying of foul play against him as in the latest press release from BCCI it has been revealed that Ravi Shastri has been paid a total amount of 4 crores and 41 lakhs for his role as team director for a period of 18 months. With this release, the BCCI has indirectly raised curtain from the reason that why Shastri was crying of a foul play against him when he was not chosen as the Head coach of Indian cricket team. This skyrocketing amount paid to him makes him the highest paid coach of all times.
Shastri’s contract as team director started in mid-2014 and ended last year but BCCI renewed his contract till the T20 world cup 2016 which was played in India in the month of March and April. With the end of the world cup, his contract also came to end.
Soon after that BCCI headed by new president Lt. Anurag Thakur thought of a new way of selecting a new coach for the team. They invited applications for the post and all those who met the requirements had a fair chance for applying for the post. Many veterans’ coaches and players applied for the post and it was Anil Kumble who won the race in the end.
Soon after Kumble was selected as the head coach, Shastri started crying of a foul play against him. He complained that Sourav Ganguly, one of a key member of advisory committee was not present at the time when he was interviewed. Ganguly too fired back at Shastri saying that he was not serious about the job as he was holidaying in Bangkok at the time of interview. Ganguly even said that Shastri is living in a fool’s world.
The war of words continued between the two for few days before BCCI interrupted in the matter in an indirect way.
Now with BCCI revealing actual pay of Shastri, one can easily anticipate that why Shastri was upset with him not selected as the head coach. Seriously it hurts!
Along with Shastri’s pay, the board has also revealed pay of Ravindra Jadeja for the tour to Australia. The Indian all-rounder has been paid around Rs. 29 Lakhs for that tour that took place in the month of January. Team India lost the ODI series by a margin of 4-1 but made a strong comeback and whitewashed the hosts in T20 series by winning all the 3 T20I’s.
Other payments include pays to state associations, umpires, hotels, match referees and few media groups.