The Indian players earn plenty from the IPL contract, as well from the BCCI central contract. A couple of things are well accepted and are doubtlessly true – that the IPL is the biggest T20 league in the world, and that the BCCI is the richest cricket board world cricket.
Being the most expensive T20 league, one would expect its players, especially the ones who are international cricketers, to be paid handsomely by their franchises. However, forget about overseas, there are even some Indian cricketers who make more money from their BCCI contract than they do from their IPL price.
Indian Players Whose BCCI Central Contract Is Higher Than That Of Their Current IPL Contract (All figures in INR):
Cheteshwar Pujara – IPL 50 Lakhs, BCCI Contract – (Grade A – 5 Crores)
First up is none other than India’s Test team’s batting backbone, Cheteshwar Pujara. The right-hander returned to the IPL for the first time since 2014, as he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings in the auction for IPL 2021.
Pujara, who has over 6000 Test runs and was a key architect of India’s twin Test series win in Australia, was roped in by the MS Dhoni-led franchise for 50 lakhs. Which is one-tenth of what he makes from BCCI’s Grade A central contract.