ICC U-19 World Cup-winning India coach Rahul Dravid questions him getting bigger cash rewards than support staff, players

Dravid reportedly wanted the entire support staff to be rewarded evenly, emphasising the role played by all of them in the build-up to the World Cup and during India's campaign in New Zealand.

FirstCricket Staff, February 06, 2018

The coach of the World Cup-winning India U-19 team, Rahul Dravid, has questioned the fairness of the support staff and the players getting smaller rewards than him, according to a report in The Indian Express.

India's U-19 coach Rahul Dravid speaks during a press conference in Mumbai. AFP

India's U-19 coach Rahul Dravid speaks during a press conference in Mumbai. AFP

The Prithvi Shaw-led India beat Australia by eight wickets in the U-19 World Cup final on Saturday to win the coveted age-group tournament for a record fourth time, and was a personal milestone for Dravid, who had come close to winning the crown with the U-19 team in 2016 too, but saw India falter at the last hurdle at that time.

The Indian batting legend is widely being considered one of the prime reasons for the success of the India juniors, and the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) had announced on 3 February a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for Dravid, Rs 20 lakh each for the support staff members and Rs 30 lakh for each player, creating a strange situation, with the actual performers on the field getting far lesser than their mentor.

“It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had," Dravid said at a press conference in Mumbai on Monday after the Indian team returned home with the U-19 World Cup. "I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids," the India great added.

The Express report added that Dravid reportedly wanted the entire support staff, comprising bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach Abhay Sharma, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, trainer Anand Date, masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and video analyst Devraj Raut, and indeed himself, to be rewarded evenly, emphasising the role played by all of them in the build-up to the World Cup and during India's campaign in New Zealand. Nothing less could have been expected of a thorough gentleman like him, who has always been averse to availing of special favours.

One might remember that Dravid was at the centre of a conflict of interest issue at the start of his tenure as the India U-19 and India A coach, as he had an Indian Premier League (IPL) coaching contract with the Delhi Daredevils.

He, however, chose national duty over the lucrative IPL contract. He gets Rs 4 crore a year, for a three-year agreement with the India U-19 and A teams.

Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114