Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid played a huge role in guiding the India U-19 team to victory in the World Cup earlier this month but refused to take any extra credit or share of the prize money which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had promised to him and his support staff.
Dravid asked the Indian board o divide the prize money equally among the coaching staff. The board has agreed to his request and every member will now recieve Rs 25 lakh each.
The BCCI had earlier announced Rs 50 lakh for Dravid and Rs 20 lakh and 30 lakh for other members of his support staff and players respectively. Dravid’s staff included fielding coach Abhay Sharma and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.
A board member quoted: “From the time the award was announced, Dravid wasn’t happy with him getting much more than others. He informed the Board that he felt that every member had played an equal role in the team winning the World Cup. It surprised many in the BCCI that he was ready to take a cut in his own earning.”
In a recent interview, Dravid denied to take the credit alone and hailed the rest of the coaching staff: “Coaching this team I tend to get a lot of attention. But it is really about the quality of support staff that we have had, there have been seven, eight of us who have been together for the last 14 months, the effort they put in was incredible.”
He added: “I am proud to be a part of their (support staff) team and see it as that. We try and do what’s best for the kids and hopefully they can put in the performances on the field and they have certainly done that in this tournament.”