India cricket team coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli have demanded a 150 percent hike for Grade A players, who have contracts with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and a 50 percent hike for the support staff.
Anil Kumble presented a detailed proposal at the meeting held with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), along with the BCCI office-bearers — CEO Rahul Johri, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary, in Hyderabad. However, the skipper interacted with them via Skype.
According to BCCI sources, Kumble has also asked for a 25 percent fee hike for himself. He is currently earning approx. Rs. 6.25 crore.
Besides this, the former leg-spinner has also proposed to create new different teams for different formats, which would be awarded different contracts according to their grades. The grades are expected to be set at Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh.
Group A would consist of Test regulars – Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an exception – he will not be demoted.
According to Times of India report, Mahendra Singh Dhoni who plays only in limited overs game may feel the heat. Dhoni belongs to Grade A and might be an exception if the new system is approved. Test players will be paid the highest followed by ODI and T20 players.
Group B would consist of regular ODI players and occasional Test match players.
Group C would contain players, who will be regarded as T20 specialists.
With the proposal, the ball is now in the BCCI’s court. The officer bearers will now have to file a report, which would then be forwarded to the CoA for the final call.