The Indian players are all set for a mega pay hike in their salaries.
As per a report in TOI, BCCI is all set to open its banks for the players and give them a major salary boost,
“Players across the board — the Indian men’s team, the national women’s side, the domestic and even the India Under-19 cricketers are set for a big pay hike soon. This has almost been finalised,” a source told TOI.
A Grade-A player might earn Rs 12 Crore as per new contract.
Players in Grade B and C might earn anything around Rs 8 Crore and 4 Crore, respectively.
The talks for giving players a salary hike has been there around for quite a long period now.
Last year, the then Head Coach, Anil Kumble, and captain Virat Kohli also proposed the salary hike for India players and coaches. Ravi Shastri went onto say the Indian players earn peanuts. He was not the coach of the team then.
As per the old contract, a Grada A player earns Rs 2 Crore per annum while players in Grade B and C earn Rs 1 Crore and 50 Lakh per annum.
However, Kumble is now not a part of Indian backroom staff now, and the players will reap benefits from the proposal made then.
An important point that got discussed in the COA meeting was regarding the domestic cricketers too. Many of the players had raised their voice for domestic cricketers, who hardly earn anything in comparison to international players.
Those who play IPL, earn handsome amount of money but the majority of domestic cricketers are without an IPL contract.
Harbhajan Singh also wrote a letter to Anil Kumble when he was the coach – regarding the salary of domestic cricketers.
Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, also proposed the idea of a pay hike for domestic cricketers. The salary of domestic cricketers may also get revised now. Another point that got discussed is the pay of women’s cricket and U19 cricketers.
It is to be noted that contract system for women cricketers was proposed way back in 2015, but it has not been materialised till now.
There can be a case when the board might also announce contact for women’s team.
In fact, BCCI is also mulling to organise exhibition games during IPL 2018 to test the feasibility of a women’s IPL.
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