1. If Anil Kumble had his way, Virat Kohli, others’ salaries would be Rs 5 cr per season

If Anil Kumble had his way, Virat Kohli, others’ salaries would be Rs 5 cr per season

Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli have demanded a massive hike for Grade A players in the Central Contracts

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 21, 2017 10:02 PM
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The debate over wages for Indian cricket players is far from over as, after Ravi Shastri, now chief coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli have demanded a massive hike for Grade A players in the Central Contracts on Sunday, reported news agency PTI. According to the report, Kumble gave a detailed presentation to the Committee of Administrators (COA) along with BCCI office-bearers, CEO Rahul Johri, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary in Hyderabad.

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The agency reported that even though Kohli was not in Hyderabad, he joined the meeting over Skype. As of now, Grade A players get Rs 2 crore, Grade B Rs 1 crore and Grade C Rs 50 lakh. However, both Kumble and Kohli believe that Grade A players who are certainties in all formats should be getting in the range of Rs 5 crore for one season. The final decision on this demand will be taken by COA based on a report submitted by Johri, Amitabh and Aniruddh.

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“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.

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Apart from this, Kumble also gave a presentation demanding a raise for the support staff which includes Kumble himself, batting coach Sanjay Bangar, fielding coach. “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.

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