The Committee of Administrators, which is currently in charge of the BCCI, is reportedly mulling the idea of hiking the central contracts of Indian players five-fold.
According to a report in the DNA, the Supreme Court-appointed four-member committee is also in favour of increasing the salaries. The report also claimed that the committee is also looking to hike the salaries of the coaching staff.
Favouring the Test players who have been left frustrated after being ignored in the recently concluded IPL auction is seen as the biggest reason behind this move.
Some of India’s most important Test players like Cheteshwar Pujara or Ishant Sharma have gone unsold at the IPL auctions while uncapped players like Thangarasu Natarajan or Mohammed Shiraz got lucrative deals because of their expertise in their shortest format of the game.
The implementation of the plan will see Grade A cricketers, who are currently pocketing Rs 1 crore per annum, getting at least Rs 5 crore. On the other hand, Grade B players, who get Rs 60 lakh, would be getting Rs 2 crore while the Grade C cricketers in the group of Rs 35 lakh would be contracted to Rs 1 crore a year.
The report further added that the plan, which has also been backed by the Lodha Committee, has been in the mix since the series against New Zealand in October last year but nothing concrete came out because of the unrest in the BCCI.
Speaking to the news outlet, a BCCI official said:“The money our top players make from BCCI contracts isn’t in sync with what other players fringe players earn.”
“We want to send a signal to our top players that Test cricket is still our priority. Look at how English or Aussie top players are more focused on playing for their countries,” added the official.
Players like Pawan Negi and Irfan Pathan, who are not a part of the Indian team, had earned whopping deals in previous seasons. And the official said that the main motive behind this plan was to help the Test cricketers earn as much money as those who are even a part of the national team.
“With the new COA in place, the players once again put forth their view. Similarly, even the support staff – excluding head coach Anil Kumble – have been demanding a hike because they haven’t got one since they came on board in 2013,” reasoned the official.
“If a player is good and valuable for Team India, he should get more or at least as much as any other player who is not even part of the national team,” said the official.
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