Indian cricket skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is currently the richest sportsperson in the country and is on fifth of the list of world’s richest sportsperson, according to Forbes Magazine. But it has been revealed that either of them is not the highest paid BCCI servent. It is the former India Captains, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are the highest paid BCCI servents.
Both Shastri and Gavaskar, the director of cricket and the head of IPL respectively would be getting an extra bonus of Rs. 2 crore for their respective roles recently. This in turn means that both would earn about Rs. 6 crore annually. Earlier, both the former players used to earn about Rs. 4 crore per year as the BCCI-endorsed commentators in all of India’s international matches around the world, reports The Indian Express.
Shastri has been appointed as the Director of Indian cricket until the 2015 Cricket World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand early next year. Shastri accepted the offer after the board agreed to compensate him as he would not be able to serve the media commitments, reports suggest.
“The board pays Shastri and Gavaskar Rs 4 crore annually as commentators. As per Supreme Court orders. Gavaskar will be paid an extra Rs 2.37 crore. Roughly the same will be given to Shastri,” said a BCCI official.
Even in the current Indian team, MS Dhoni is not the highest paid cricketer. Dhoni has earned about Rs. 2.59 in the last 12 months while playing for India in all formats of the game (35 matches), including his match fees and the retainer fee for Rs. 1 crore. On the other hand, Virat Kohli after playing 39 matches has earned Rs. 2.75 crore, which means Kohli earns more than what Dhoni does as both these players get the same 12.5 million for playing in the IPL.