A big cash bonanza awaits Indian cricketers – international and national alike. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Committee of Administrators has reportedly mooted a proposal, which may see a 100% rise in the salaries of cricketers playing under the aegis of the BCCI.
CoA is close to working out the proportion to be given to the senior and junior teams which will be later sent for ratification to BCCI’s general body. Indian captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have made a strong presentation demanding hikes for the players, which they feel is long overdue.
The change in the allocation of BCCI’s revenue will mean that a top player like Kohli, who made Rs 5.51 crore from 46 matches in 2017, could now earn more than Rs 10 crore per year in remunerations from BCCI.
Similarly, a Ranji Trophy cricketer, who made between Rs 12 to Rs 15 lakh yearly, could be up to Rs 30 lakh after the ratification of the new formula.
As per the present arrangement, 26% of BCCI’s annual revenue is split three ways – 13% for international players, 10.6% for domestic cricketers and the rest for women and juniors.
“Senior cricketers are certainly going to get a 100% raise and even domestic players would get the same percentage increase,” TOI has quoted a source close to CoA as saying. “Since, these cricketers are the reason for BCCI’s revenues, can’t the board afford another INR 200 crore for their salaries?” a top board official has reportedly questioned.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly too had supported a substantial increase in the salary for domestic cricketers’ at the BCCI SGM.