Indian cricket team's newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri will earn between Rs 7 crore to Rs 7.5 crore annually, according to a report in The Times of India.
“BCCI is going to make an offer of more than Rs 7 crore to Shastri. This is the same amount which (predecessor) Anil Kumble had asked the board during his presentation in May. But it can’t be more than Rs 7.5 crore annually,” a source told the national daily on Saturday.
According to the report, Shastri had a similar package when he was the team director from 2014 to 2016. The sources also confirmed that Shastri's support staff won’t be making more than Rs 2 crore annually.
“The support staff bracket (batting and bowling coach) won’t exceed the Rs 2 crore mark. The board is in the process of finalising contracts as soon as possible,” the source added.
There will be a substantial hike for the likes of Sanjay Bangar (incumbent batting coach) and Bharat Arun, who is the 55-year-old's preferred choice as full-time bowling coach.
Rahul Dravid, who was appointed as India's overseas batting consultant, is set to earn more as his contract with the India ‘A’ and U-19 teams is worth Rs 4.5 crore for the first year and Rs 5 crore in the second.
However, there are still question marks over Zaheer Khan’s status as overseas bowling consultant as there is 'no clarity' on how many days he will be available. The source added that the former Indian pacer's salary will depend on his availability. Notably, the board had rejected Zaheer’s demand for Rs 4 crore to be paid for 100 days of work annually in 2016.
On 10 July, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had picked up Ravi Shastri as head coach and appointed Zaheer and Rahul Dravid as overseas bowling and batting coach.
However, the CoA clarified that they (Zaheer and Dravid) were mere recommendations and not appointments. India are slated to play their first Test against Sri Lanka on 26 July.