Former cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman want the Board of Cricket Control In India (BCCI) to pay them suitably for picking a coach for the cricket team. The trio, which is part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), held its first meeting after the match played between India and Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champion’s Trophy at the Oval in London. After their first meeting, the three former cricketers told BCCI CEO Rahul Johri that they do not want their services to be honorary. The BCCI CEO is expected to pass the demand to the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). CoA will take the final call on the demand of the former cricketers, according to an Indian Express report.
A section of the BCCI thinks that the CAC members should not be paid for their services. A BCCI office-bearer told the Indian Express that ”This is a BCCI sub-committee, with a BCCI member. Members of other BCCI panels don’t get paid, why should the CAC be any different. This demand has been raised in the past as well, but was turned down”.
CAC had first raised the demand for remuneration in 2015, within months of the creation of the panel by late Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya. The panel was formed to give cricket’s greats a say in matters related to the game, according to the Indian Express. The CAC members had asked the BCCI for a contract, in response the cricketing body had sent the CAC a scope of work document which was returned. The document had terms of reference, but no monetary commitment.
Jagmohan Dalmiya had reportedly turned down the request of the CAC. A former office-bearer of the cricketing body said that “According to Dalmiya, BCCI only gave members of panels a daily allowance, accommodation and a car on days of meetings, but no remuneration. These courtesies have been extended to the CAC”