The head coach of India Under 19 World Cup winning team, Rahul Dravid was paid Rs 2.43 crore as fee by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a six-month period ended December 31, 2017. This amount is almost half of what Ravi Shastri, coach of the senior Indian cricket team earns. According to the data provided by BCCI last year, Shastri’s salary was decided at nearly Rs 8 crore per year which is even more than what skipper Virat Kohli earns.
This also makes Ravi Shastri the world’s highest-earning cricket coach. The man closest to Shastri in terms of income is Australian coach Darren Lehmann who earns close to $0.55 million. Anil Kumble, who was the coach of the Indian cricket team before Ravi Shastri was paid Rs 6.5 crore per annum.
Rahul Dravid had recently talked about the disparity in cash prizes announced by the board after the U19 team had won the World Cup. This gap was evident in the salaries paid by the board as well. Paras Mhambrey, the bowling coach of the triumphant colts team, had received Rs 27 lakh as professional fees from the BCCI for the four-month period between August and November last.
Among players, former left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra has been granted a one-time benefit of Rs 60 lakh by the Board which has also paid the tour, match and retainer fees of current Indian cricketers Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 1.47 crore), Hardik Pandya (1.27 crore), Kuldeep Yadav (Rs 1.08 crore), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 57.81 lakh) and Abhinav Mukund (Rs 33.69 lakh) due to them for services rendered last year.
The former Delhi player who has represented the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League was paid Rs 75.60 lakh for performing his job as the head coach of the J and K outfit for the last two seasons. The BCCI had also paid cricketer-turned commentators Sanjay Manjrekar and Murali Karthik Rs 36.28 lakh and Rs 30.61 lakh as professional fees for the last home series between India and Sri Lanka.