With an aim to make Test cricket financially more lucrative and attractive, the Board of Cricket Control of India has doubled the pay of India players. Till now the fees for Test matched for Indian players was Rs 7 lakh ($ 10,500) per match. After the decision by the board the fees has been increased to Rs 15 lakh ($ 22,500) per match. According to reports, even the fees of reserve players have been doubled. They will now be getting Rs 7 lakh for each match. There was a working committee meeting in Mumbai on September 30, where the decision to double the fee was taken. There was a special general meeting (SGM) too regarding the Lodha panel recommendations, but the board could not reach a proper decision and hence missed the deadline for the end of September which was given by the panel itself, to implement certain reforms in the board.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur reported said that there is a dire need to do more for Test cricket and make it an attractive business to make it lucrative. The main agenda for the working committee meeting was to discuss India’s stance on matches with Pakistan, especially during the ICC champions trophy which is scheduled for 2017. Apart from discussing the increase in match fees for Tests, BCCI also discussed the appointment of a general manager at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore, TOI reported. According to a TOI report, BCCI increased the annual bonanza to full members from Rs 60 crore to Rs 70 crore, after demnds to improve infrastructure. The SGM has now been scheduled for Saturday, October 1, to dicuss the Lodha committee recommendations, even though after the Supreme Court order, the board has little choice in the matter.