Saying ‘peanuts’, Shastri and Kohli demand more pay rise of Indian cricketers
Set aside the focus upon the most cross – hatched domestic T20 tournament IPL, realizing the pay – scale as un – international standard, Indian national team cricketers has drawn attention of the cricket world demanding pay rise undeterred by the recent salary doubling by BCCI.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has demanded a pay rise for the Indian cricket team players knowing their foreign counterparts earn more in terms of revenue from the fiscal contracts of their respective boards.
It can be noted that Indian cricketers stand fourth in the list of most paid cricketers behind England, Australia and South Africa.
In the latest proceeding, the issue is marred by former Indian all rounder turned commentator Ravi Shastri, who termed the doubling of salary rise as ‘peanuts’, demanded BBCI should increase the amount for national team cricketers.
A BCCI official said to Firstpost, “Kohli – supported by coach Anil Kumble — argued that while cricketers in England, Australia and South Africa could pick up a purse worth Rs 10-12 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee), a top Indian cricketer would earn a maximum of Rs 4-5 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee). The Indian skipper made it clear it was grossly unacceptable, at a time when the BCCI earned the maximum and was lobbying for a lion’s share from revenues of International Cricket Council (ICC).”
Last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India significantly raised the retainers for all contracted players up to RS 2 crore, RS 1 crore and RS 50 lacs for respectively A, B and C graded cricketers. The board also increased the match fees to RS 15 lac for Tests, RS 6 lacs for ODIs and RS 3 lacs for T20Is.