Updated: September 21, 2021 1:38:20 pm
There was finally some news to cheer about for the domestic cricketers after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to increase the match fees for players across all age groups in men’s and women’s cricket.
At the same time, the board announced they will compensate domestic players who suffered financially after last season’s Ranji Trophy and women’s T20 games were curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 season will be getting 50 percent match fees as compensation for the 2020-21 season.
The BCCI also decided to change the pay structure of its domestic cricketers across age groups. Earlier, the players who made it to the XI earned Rs 35,000 per day while the reserve players got Rs 17,500 in senior tournaments.
However, keeping in mind their consistent performances, the BCCI has decided to reward players in domestic cricket and created three slabs for junior and senior players. Senior players, who have played up to 20 matches, will be now entitled to get Rs 40,000 per day while reserves will get rupees Rs 20,000 per day. Those who are in playing eleven and have featured in 21 to 40 matches will now be paid Rs 50,000 (Rs 25,000 for reserves) while players who have played more than 40 matches will be entitled to receive Rs 60,000, with the reserves slated to get Rs 30,000.
This means a senior domestic player who used to get paid Rs 1,40,000 for one Ranji match will now earn Rs 2,40,000 per game. In turn, a domestic player who plays a minimum of 50 days of domestic cricket in one season will now earn Rs 30 lakh.
I am pleased to announce the hike in match fee for domestic cricketers.
Seniors – INR 60,000 (above 40 matches).
Under 23- INR 25,000
Under 19 – INR 20,000#BCCIApexCouncil
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 20, 2021
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the board has put a well-structured remuneration plan for its players. “The increase of match fee for domestic cricketers is a welcome step and this will move will ensure that professional cricketers can solely focus on playing cricket and are appropriately rewarded. Domestic cricket is our backbone and we will make every effort to keep it strong and healthy so that our bench strength always remains superior,” Shah said.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal explained that the slab is not tournament specific and the idea is to reward consistent players in the domestic circuit. “If a player features in just one match of a Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in a season but if that turns out to be the 21st match of his career, then he will automatically move to the next pay slab,” Dhumal told this paper. “It’ll be similar with Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare tournament. The idea was to help cricketers earn more money and the longer they play, the better the remuneration they will get.”
Many former cricketers had urged the board to start a contract system for players who compete in domestic competitions. However, citing past instances of corruption, the BCCI did not consider that proposal and instead chose to increase the match fees.
The under-25 players who start a match will now get a remuneration of Rs 25,000 per day instead of the current Rs 17,500 while the reserves will get Rs 12,500 per day instead of Rs 8,750. The board has also increased match day fees for under-19 and under-16 players. The under-19 playing players will earn Rs 20,000 per game while reserve players will get Rs 10,000.
The senior women’s team saw their pay getting hiked from Rs 12,500 to Rs 20,000 per player, while the reserve players will get Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 6,250. The under-23, under-19, and under-16 women playing eleven players will get Rs 10,000 while reserves will get Rs 5000.
Meanwhile, Shah informed that the decision on hosting the under-16 tournament will be taken after the under-19 tournament concludes, based on the Covid-19 situation in the country.
Shah added the 2021-22 home season ‘holds a lot of promise’, while declaring the itinerary. “Vaccination has ensured that the pandemic curve is beginning to flatten, and I am very optimistic that we will have the fans back for the home season,” he said.