India captain Virat Kohli, former skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri met the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in New Delhi on Thursday (November 30) to discuss salaries and the Indian cricket team’s schedule for the next few years.
As per the annual contract of 2016-17, Grade A players were paid INR. 2 Crore per annum while Grade B and C cricketers received INR. 1 Crore and INR. 50 Lakh respectively. Apart from the amount received through their central contracts, the cricketers were set to be paid INR. 15 lakh per Test, INR. 6 Lakh per One Day International and INR 3. Lakh for a Twenty20 International. Former coach Anil Kumble, in his 19-page proposal on restructuring contracts submitted to the BCCI in May 2017, had suggested a remuneration of INR. 5 Crore for Grade A players.
“We had extensive discussions with players on issues that pertain to them directly, which means the number of matches they have to play, the Future Tours Program (FTP) and compensation package etc,” Vinod Rai, the COA chief, said after the meeting. “In terms of principles on which the compensation package has to be structured, that we have agreed to. It is only a question of numbers. We will now match the revenue with the compensation that each player will receive.”
“All the inputs they have to give us were taken and we are going to factor those in. The FTP, we bounced it off them. Presentations have been made and they are in agreement with the FTP so that they get enough rest. Number of days, I can’t tell you as we have not yet worked it out,” Rai said.