Indian Test players who find themselves in the playing XI on a regular basis are set to become richer in the coming months, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doubling their match salaries, with a massive pay hike coming into effect from Friday.
According to a report in The Times of India, the BCCI has raised salaries of players in the playing XI of a Test match from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 15 lakh, while that of the remaining members of the squad will now be Rs 7 lakh. The board also hiked the annual subsidy to its full members, from Rs 60 crore to Rs 70 crore.
"I have always maintained that we need to do more for Test cricket and cricketers, and this is the first step in that direction," BCCI president Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in the report.
The decision was taken by the board on Friday, in its working committee meeting, which preceded the Special General Meeting (SGM), that was eventually delayed by a day. The decision to hold the working committee meet wasn't finalised until the day of the event itself.
In the SGM that eventually concluded on Saturday, the BCCI added fuel to the fire that is brewing between them and the Supreme Court by rejecting some of the key recommendations by the Justice Lodha committee, including the one-state-one-vote, age limit of 70 years, and a three-year cooling-off period. They also rejected calls for three selectors instead of five.
Among the reforms that the BCCI accepted were the formation of special committees for women as well as for the differently-abled. It also gave the nod for the formation of a players' association as well as their representation in the committee.
The Lodha committee earlier submitted its status report to the Supreme Court, in which it detailed the impediments that it faced from the BCCI in the implementation of its recommendations. The apex court came down heavily on the world's richest cricketing body, giving it time till 6 October to furnish reasons for not implementing the reforms.