Virat Kohli Sad With BCCI's Pay Hike, Demands More

Virat Kohli recently led the Indian cricket team to victory against Australia.

India captain Virat Kohli isn't pleased with the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) pay hike and wants Indian cricketers to earn significantly more than what they are getting right now. It is learned that after getting to learn that his foreign counterparts earn over what the India players result in a living Kohli appears to be miserable with all the existing arrangement of payment. This comes a day after former India captain Ravi Shastri said that the India players were being paid 'peanuts,' compared with their foreign colleagues.

The BCCI had last month doubled the retainers for all contracted players to Rs.2 crore, Rs.1 crore and Rs.50 lakh respectively for the three graded groups A, B and C. The board additionally improved the match fees to Rs.15 lakh, Rs.6 lakh and Rs.3 lakh per Test match, One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International respectively.

Not satisfied with these revised pay structure, Shastri said, "It Is (what they're getting) nothing, (Rs) 2 crore is peanuts. How much is an Australian (cricketer) getting?"

Earlier, the Indian team support staff was not happy with the salary hike, and it had been believed they had turned down the offer.

Later they were offered just 25 percent increment on their present wages, although the staff, which includes batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding trainer R Sridhar, was assured a 100 percent hike during the Anurag Thakur regime.

The Indian cricketers stand fourth in the record of paid cricketers all over the world, behind - Australia, England, and South Africa which only continues to vindicate Kohli's point.

"Kohli - supported by trainer Anil Kumble - asserted that while cricketers in England, Australia, and South Africa could grab a purse worth Rs.10-12 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee), a top Indian cricketer would earn no more than Rs.4-5 crores (inclusive of retainer fee and match fee). The Indian skipper made it clear it was grossly unacceptable, at a period when the BCCI earned the maximum and was lobbying to get the lion's share from revenues of International Cricket Council (ICC)," a BCCI source was quoted as saying by FirstPost.

As stated by the report, Kohli is believed to have demanded a distinct pair of contracts for different formats with an increase in pay for the Level A retainer to a Rs.5 crore, Level B to Rs.3 crore and Grade C to Rs.1.5 crore.

With players like Cheteshwar Pujara only playing Test cricket, and without an IPL contract, they miss out on a sizable ball of cash whereas players who play just the IPL or all the three formats earn a lot more about the ones only playing one format of the game.

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