Yes, BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world, but if you compare the Indian cricketers’ wages with other cricket players across the world, it’s really low! The salaries for our incomparable cricketers are so less that they are ranked fourth after England, Australia and South Africa.
But Now, Chief coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday (May 21) demanded a massive hike to the tune of 150 per cent for Grade A players in the Central Contracts and substantial raise for the support staff.
Grade A payments of Rs 2 crore to a whopping Rs 5 crore. While their demand understandably struck a chord with the Indian cricketers, it can potentially impact the elite status of former Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Since the former captain is only playing in ODIs and T20s, the new proposal will bring a notable reduction in his salary. BCCI is yet to have a Special General Meeting (SGM) to discuss this proposal on 26th May and then it will be ascertained if Dhoni would be made an exception once the new system is approved
According to the existing payment structure, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, Grade B players earn Rs 1 crore, while Grade C players make Rs 50 lakh. The contracts are exclusive of the match fees, which is Rs 15 lakh for a Test, Rs 7 lakh for ODI and Rs 3 lakh for a T20 game.
Kumble has also mooted a hike to the tune of 30 per cent for himself which could see his salary rise to around Rs 8 crore from the current Rs 6 crore pay-out. The Indian coach has also proposed a 50 per cent hike for the support staff.