MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, in order to bring parity in player payments, have suggested BCCI have a salary cap for uncapped players in Indian Premier League. For example, players like Cariappa and Natarajan earn 2.4 and 3 crores respectively.
It is clear that the rationale adopted by MS Dhoni and Kohli is clear, the high salaries have diminished the importance of Ranji cricket in the eyes of some players and the importance of First-Class cricket is thus on the decline.
A source in the BCCI informed,
A classic case was Cariappa, who was bought by KKR for Rs 2.4 crore in 2015. He had played a few games in the Karnataka Premier League but hadn’t played for the Karnataka Ranji side. It really sends a wrong message to all first-class players. On one side we have some who play non-stop Ranji Trophy games and earn only 10-12 lakh in an entire season, and here comes a boy who is getting so much. Kohli and Dhoni felt it wasn’t right and BCCI should keep a salary cap on these uncapped players.
It is good to see the senior-most players coming forward for a cause.
The Indian team will leave for South Africa soon after the ongoing Sri Lanka series. The Indian team board the South Africa bound flight on December 27 and will play the 1st Test on January 5.