In a bid to provide relief to domestic players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received a proposal to increase match fees for cricketers who will take part in the 2021-2022 season of the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
This increase in match fees will be a welcome relief to the first-class cricketers who have not been paid since last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 29, the BCCI did call for a special general meeting, but interestingly enough, wage compensation for domestic players was not even on the agenda.
Last week BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and vice-president Rajiv Shukla held a two-day meeting in Mumbai where the proposal regarding the increase in salary of domestic cricketers was discussed.
BCCI likely to increase domestic player’s match fee from Rs 35,000 to Rs 60,000
According to a report published in the Hindi Daily ‘Dainik Jagran’, the players who have played more than 20 domestic matches will be paid Rs 60000 per match instead of Rs 35000. Meanwhile, players who have featured in fewer than 20 games will receive Rs 45000 per match. If the proposal is ratified then it will be the first time that domestic players will be paid according to their experience.
The BCCI is also holding discussions regarding the compensation to cricketers for the part of the 2020/21 season that was lost due to the pandemic. The 2020 domestic season saw the Ranji Trophy being scrapped for the first time in 87 years due to bio-bubble and logistic issues.
However, the BCCI is looking to host a full-fledged season this year between October-April with a three-month dedicated window for the First-Class tournament.
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