As we all know that Indian Cricketers are paid as per their form, experience, and reputation, but it could be changed if Indian coach Anil Kumble and Captain Virat Kohli have their approach. In a joint conference to Committee of Administration (CoA) and BCCI in Hyderabad on Sunday, Indian Captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble shared a three-tier gradation payment system in which Test players will be paid the highest and followed by ODI and T20 cricket through video conferencing.
As per the sources, the proposal would involve a hike of over 150% from the current Grade-A payments of Rs 2 crore to 5 crores. If the new system comes into action, then it will impact the former Test cricket captain M S Dhoni as he’s no longer part of the Test cricket. M S Dhoni could get an exception from this new system as well if approved, but that only time will tell. The discussion on it could be held by the board SGM on May 26. In the existing gradation system, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, 1 crore for Grade B players while C players get 50 lakh. The contract is limited as per the match fees, which is Rs 7 lakh for ODI cricket, 15 lakh for Test and 3 lakh for a T20 game. The sources said to TOI that as an example like if a player like Cheteshwar Pujara, who’s only part of Test cricket should be paid more as Test cricket carries the biggest value in International cricket.
With this new system, players who aren’t playing International Test cricket will not be able to earn as much as Kohli or R Ashwin, who are part of the Indian team in all three formats. There are many rumors going that Kumble asked for 30% hike in his salary, which will go to Rs 8 crore while he’s earning 6 crores already. Kumble has asked for the 50% hike in the salary of the support staff as well. According to the sources, the CoA is on the same page with the senior cricketers who have the backing of the top board officials. The BCCI has made it clear that the players won’t be paid more than 26% from the board’s gross profit from home matches and ICC events. As per the sources, the new distribution formula shared by the Indian coach Kumble and Captain Kohli would be discussed by both CoA and BCCI officials very soon. The BCCI officials also said that even if the board makes more income than the ICC, the players share would go up considerably.
It is also believed that Indian Captain Virat Kohli, who makes around Rs 4.8 crore, would not get much benefit from this new distribution system, whereas Australian cricketers like Steve Smith and David Warner makes around 7 crores and 10 crores respectively. A BCCI source said that the 60% income earned by the IPL is given back to the IPL teams to pay it back to the Indian cricketers. “Ultimately, the money, which Kohli makes can’t go up by several folds. From Rs 4.8 crore, it can become Rs 5.5 to 6 crore maximum. Under the current system, it can’t be changed. If the Indian cricketers are looking to make money like the Australian cricketers, they would have to forgo their individual contracts from where they make lots of money,” a BCCI source said.
A BCCI functionary explained, “Still, you can’t be paid like the Australians because our pool of cricketers is huge and when you talk about compensations, you have to keep the others in mind.” According to the TOI, the source added, “The ones who are at the domestic levels, including the junior cricketers may lose out at the cost of the seniors. But CoA is certainly going to work out a win-win situation for all. But the cricketers shouldn’t expect a very drastic change in their payment mode”.