A team consisting of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Ravi Shastri are scheduled to meet with the CoA and discuss a raise in the annual contracts of the Indian National team. The two parties will also discuss the scheduling problems that have arisen in Indian cricket over the last few years.
Currently, the Indian cricketers are grouped into different grades and their annual contracts are assigned based on the grades in which they fall. Before he vacated the position of head coach, Anil Kumble had raised questions about how the contracts handed to Indian players could be smaller as compared to some other boards despite the BCCI making the most money.
Currently, Grade A, B, and C players earn Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore, and Rs 50 lakh per year respectively. Kumble had asked for the amount to be doubled and it was reported that the CoA were seriously considering getting the same done. However this was before the BCCI entered a five-year, Rs. 3269.4
“These players requested Rai to call them for a meeting as they have few issues to discuss before going to South Africa. So the BCCI has called three of them. As
Apart from the pay hikes, the players, reportedly, also wanted to seek clarity about the conflict of interest rules that the CoA wishes to add in the new guidelines. Reports have suggested that the CoA is planning on sending a form to the players asking to declare any association that may or may not fall under the new conflict of interest rules.
Another problem that is going to be discussed is the problem of cramped scheduling which has created quite a stir after Kohli revealed that the team had just a
“Indian board has the habit of putting a series whenever they find a gap in their calendar. Players don’t want that and want to discuss it with the CoA,” the source added.