In a good news for women and domestic cricketers, who usually miss out on lucrative IPL deals, the BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry proposed a new move on Friday at the financial committee meeting which can lead to a cash windfall. According to a report by The Indian Express, after this financial shakeup, senior men cricketers, who feature in tournaments such as Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy, might get Rs 25,000 in daily match fee, up from Rs 10,000. On the other hand, senior women cricketers may see their match earnings rise to Rs 12,500 per day — they now get Rs 3,500.
The report added that the committee may make a few structural changes to the new revenue distribution model and review it before it is sent to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Ever since the Indian women’s team made it to the final of the World Cup earlier this year, there have been calls for equal pay for both men as well as women cricketers. The latest proposals have hiked the annual retainership fees for women cricketers: Rs 50 lakh each for the four players in Grade A, Rs 30 lakh each for the six players in Grade B and Rs 15 lakh for the 10 players in Grade C. As of now, the women get Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh each in two categories.
The report quoted sources saying that this proposal has been made to address the financial imbalance created by the IPL auctions in which many Test specialists go unsold while uncapped Twenty20 specialists pocket big amounts. For instance, one of India’s best batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara, went unsold in the last IPL auction and utilised the time to gain experience in English county cricket.
If this proposal is passed, the BCCI might create a Test player fund. There will be a cap on the IPL fee for uncapped Indian and foreign cricketers. The teams will be allowed to bid higher than this amount but that cash will go to the Test Player Fund. This money will the be used help domestic and Test cricketers.