Parthiv Patel Bats for Increase in Pay of Domestic Cricketers
The Gujarat Ranji Trophy skipper Parthiv Patel has batted for an increase in pay of the domestic cricketers, as he has said that a player should earn enough amount, which should make him feel secure,
” There should be a rise, but I can’t put it in numbers as to how much. It should be at par with Ranji Trophy players, who make Rs. 20 to Rs. 30 lakh in an IPL season. A player, who is only playing the Ranji Trophy, should get the same amount. Then, he will be motivated to perform in the tournament. Contracts (from State associations) will also give players the feeling of security. It will be perfect for a State player to get a contract as well. If a player gets injured in the first game, he will be assured of getting some money for the season and get a feeling that he will be looked after,” Patel told Sportstarlive.
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Earlier, Harbhajan Singh had too asked for an increase in pay of domestic cricketers and he also wrote a letter to the former coach of Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble. The matter was discussed in BCCI’s meeting and CK Khanna, the acting president of the board, also assured of steps being taken by the board.
Unlike other associations, BCCI does not offer a contract to domestic players, which is the main reason behind the difference between the pay of any international player and a player playing for a state. The board will now take a call on the matter soon.
Further, Parthiv Patel also commented on the step of BCCI to revert the home and away format in the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy. The 32-year old wicket-keeper batsman said that he had no issue in the inaugural edition of away and home format, and is ready for this season as well,
“One season of neutral venue was not bad for us; we won the tournament for the first time. The captains were responsible (for the policy) because a few home associations were making weird wickets. Now, we are back to home and away; it was never a problem. I look to get the best out of whatever conditions we get. We have to play our home matches at Valsad or Surat because matches cannot be played at Motera for two years,’’ he added.
It is to be noted that the BCCI welcomed the home and away format last year due to the local associations taking undue advantage of home conditions, by doctoring pitches. After getting complaints, the board has decided to apply the new format but it too was a failure due to the lack of support from the local associations.
Apart from that, players too weren’t quite amused with the step taken by the board, which forced BCCI to bring back the old format this season.
There have been certain other changes as well, as now the 28 teams have been divided into a group of four and now each team will play six games, rather than eight. The 83rd edition of Ranji Trophy season will start from October 6 later this year.
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