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The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) recently announced a hike in match fees for domestic cricketers. This announcement came from BCCI secretary Jay Shah on his official Twitter account on Monday, September 20, 2021.

At the moment, the senior domestic men’s cricketers earn ₹35,000 per match for Ranji Trophy or Vijay Hazare Trophy. For the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the BCCI pays players ₹17,500 per game. While these are the figures for playing members, reserves are paid half.

This decision was apparently taken at the BCCI apex council meeting. Sourav Ganguly had taken charge as the BCCI president in October 2019 and one of his major announcements was to introduce central contracts for domestic cricketers across associations. However, the state associations pointed out difficulties in doing so.

The proposal to hike the match-fees was made by a committee comprising of former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, Yudhvir Singh, Santosh Menon, Jaydev Shah, Avishek Dalmiya, Rohan Jaitley, and Devajit Saikia.

“There was some debate whether only those who played at least one game in 2019-20 season will be considered or at least players from last two seasons. That decision would be taken by the office bearers as the quantum of expenditure is their domain. But as per the math, the committee wants that players be paid a minimum of 50 percent and it could go up to 70 percent,” a BCCI source privy to discussions of the committee told PTI.

Senior Cricketers With Over 40 Matches To Get INR 60,000 In Match Fees

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has announced that the board is going to increase the match fees for the domestic cricketers and as per his tweet, cricketers with over 40 matches will now get INR 60,000 while Under 23 players will earn INR 25,000 and Under 19 cricketers INR 20,000.

The cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 season will get a 50 percent additional match fee as compensation for the season lost due to COVID-19. Last year, the Board had to cancel the Ranji Trophy and could only conduct the limited-overs tournaments.

Apart from this, Shah also announced that cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 Domestic Season will get a 50 percent additional match fee as compensation for season 2020-21 lost due to the COVID-19 situation.

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