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Virat Kohli’s Suggestion to BCCI Could Bear Fruits for Test Players

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Virat Kohli is in the favour of special pay. Photo Credit: AFP.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is concurrently working on an idea suggested by current skipper Virat Kohli after the recently-concluded 2017 ICC Champions Trophy regarding the monetary policy of the players, who are being left to play in the solitary format, as it might fetch the lucrative deals, as proposed plan is subjected to approvement.

After speaking to the board, the batting mainstay Kohli felt such players are bound to fetch the good amount owing to the contracts while donning the white jersey in the gentleman’s game.

“Kohli went on to say that every player’s interest should be taken care of, but especially those who play just one format should be priority,” BCCI official in know of things was quoted as saying by CricketNext.

Interestingly, the idea got floated by the former Indian chief coach and cricketer Anil Kumble, who was eventually succeeded by former cricketer Ravi Shastri as a head coach.

“Just prior to the Champions Trophy, then head coach Anil Kumble had proposed a pay hike plan for centrally contracted player that also spoke about the captain getting paid extra for his role as leader,” BCCI official remarked.

In the latest development, the players who are further being allowed to appear in the longest version of the game itself in particularly could be roped under special pay policy, as the idea is concurrently proposed by BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary while taking the financial condition of the players thoroughly into due consideration.

“Anirudh and Kohli’s thought process definitely match and he has come out with this proposal which not only looks at the interest of players like Cheteshwar Pujara,” the official added.

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Virat Kohli in support of pay hike for the players who feature in the only format of gentleman’s game. Photo Credit: AFP.

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Go to man, Chaudhary is expected to disclose the proposed plan in the BCCI’s fiscal committee meeting which is scheduled on October 13. The chalked out policy regarding the players, who are not able to feature across formats in the top-flight cricket is expected to be discussed at its length and breadth.

“That is when Anirudh [Chaudhary] spoke to Kohli about the matter as it was hard to believe that a team-man like Kohli would be on the same page as Kumble on the captain getting paid extra for discharging the captain’s responsibility. In fact,” the national cricket Board official maintained.

However, it’s hard to decide whether the restructured plan would meet the fate of being passed in the financial meeting which further includes the Ranji Trophy players for the idea of special pay procedure. While simplifying the process and official further asserted the funds would be collected from the auctions of IPL held for the widely acclaimed Indian Premier League (IPL).

Players are bound to take the amount home which would further be their cap price in the process of bidding for the respective outfits of the eight-team tournament. So much so, the idea of collecting the amount would be fetched apart from the player cap during the upcoming season.

“We will have a cap on the fee for uncapped Indian players and foreign players,” BCCI official concluded.

Earlier, discarded Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has also batted for the decent pay structure in the domestic set-up.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor