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India skipper Virat Kohli is reportedly unhappy with the amount the Indian players earn and has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to increase it.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) who has been given the duty to run the BCCI had doubled the annual retainer fee for all contracted players to 2 crore, 1 crore and 50 lakh respectively for the three graded categories A, B and C. However, unhappy with the pay hike, the Indian team led by the skipper Virat Kohli expressed their displeasure as soon as the series against Australia ended.
According to a report in Firstpost, Kohli was made aware of the huge gap between the salaries of the Indian players and their counterparts from other nations. And the 28-year old immediately consulted with some of the key members of the team and sought a meeting with the COA to discuss the player’s contract.
“Kohli and his men, along with Kumble, even talked about a bonus for the cricketers and how Indian cricketers earned less than some of their counterparts. It is an interesting move and a well-planned one because Kohli has kept the interests of some of the seasoned campaigners in the side. He has not annoyed anyone, nor has he gone overboard to please some. He has even thought of forming a players association to keep alive interests of those in various formats of the game,” a BCCI source was as quoted by Firstpost.
The report further claimed that the Indian players want the board to increase the retainer fee to Rs 5 crore for grade ‘A’ and Rs 3 crore for grade ‘B’ and Rs 1.5 crore for grade ‘C’ cricketers.
Singling out his England and Australia counterparts Joe Root and Steve Smith respectively, Kohli put forth his case.
“Kohli — supported by coach Anil Kumble — argued that while cricketers in England, Australia and South Africa could pick up a purse worth Rs 10-12 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee), a top Indian cricketer would earn a maximum of Rs 4-5 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee). The Indian skipper made it clear it was grossly unacceptable, at a time when the BCCI earned the maximum and was lobbying for a lion’s share of revenues of International Cricket Council (ICC),” the official said.
“Kohli and his men, along with Kumble, even talked about a bonus for the cricketers and how Indian cricketers earned less than some of their counterparts,” he added.
The news outlet also claimed that a further increment in the retainer fee is a big possibility. With the Deloitte India report making it clear how the BCCI and state associations misused the funds, the COA is convinced with the demand of the players.