Anil Kumble, head coach of team India and a well-respected man has come out in the open ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy and said that players should get an upgradation in their salaries so that playing for the country or representing the nation is of utmost priority. In a recent interview as IPL Finals is taking place at Hyderabad between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians, a senior BCCI official on confidentiality told.
“Although Anil and Virat spoke separately, both stressed on the fact that performers in Test cricket should be kept in the highest bracket. Also there is someone like Cheteshwar Pujara, who is not getting IPL contracts whereas someone like Pawan Negi, who doesn’t even play Ranji Trophy gets Rs 8.5 crore for 45 days. That’s something that needs to be worked out,” a senior BCCI source in the know of things told PTI on Sunday.
“I won’t quote the figure but it’s a substantial raise that Kumble has demanded for himself also. Now while raising the issue of players, whether it was prudent on Kumble’s part to demand hike for support staff of which he is a direct beneficiary is a question,” an official questioned.
Kumble it is learnt wants a hike for himself, Shridharan Sriram, Sanjay Bangar and the rest of the support staff as well. It seems the cricketers like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could be in good business. Virat Kohli has not been in the best of form in this IPL, but he will and the nation would be praying that he comes good when India play the Champions Trophy in England next month.