BCCI to consider players’ demands for increased pay

- Reuters, MUMBAI

Apr 7, 2017-

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will consider a further increase in salaries for its contracted players after leading cricketers expressed dissatisfaction with the pay raise announced last month.

The world’s richest cricket board doubled salaries for the 2016-17 season and improved match fees across all three formats for its 32 centrally contracted players, placed in three categories. However, the new pay package did not meet the demands of the players, who have been pushing for a revamped compensation structure, according to local media reports.

Vinod Rai, who heads the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to supervise the running of the BCCI, met national captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday to discuss the issue. “Since the 2016-17 contracts are already done, we will certainly consider the players’ request for a hike in the upcoming season,” Rai, the former comptroller and auditor general of India, told the Times of India newspaper. “We have heard the players and we will come out with a solution within two months.”

Under the revised terms, players in the uppermost ‘A’ bracket have been put on a retainer of IRs 20 million (about $307,000) for the period ending on September 20, up from IRs 10 million last season. The figure was still well short of the $873,950 contracts for leading England players Alastair Cook and Joe Root, according to media reports, or $844,704 retainer for Australia captain Steve Smith.

Top Indian players also receive a match fee for each international appearance and many benefit from the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), but cricketers like Cheteshwar Pujara, who do not have an IPL contract, miss out. Former India captain Ravi Shastri recently backed the demand for more money.

Published: 07-04-2017 08:52

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