BCCI pay cricketers only 8% instead of the 26% broadcast rights revenue promised

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BCCI pay cricketers only 8% instead of the 26% broadcast rights revenue promised

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According to a report published by the Times of India, the BCCI have been paying cricketers only 8% of the broadcast rights revenue when they are supposed to shell out 26%. A source also revealed how the CoA were struggling to impose anything meaningful since the BCCI were blocking their every move.

In 2001, the BCCI general body passed a resolution which was finally implemented by then BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in 2004 which made sure that the players would be given 26% of the BCCI's gross revenue generated from broadcast rights. It was further added that 13% of the same would be given to international players, 10.6% to domestic cricketers while the rest would be shared by the women and junior cricketers.

However, the TOI report quoted a source stating that the BCCI shells out 70% of its gross revenue to state associations and the players are given only 26% of the remaining 30% of gross revenue. The CoA has realized the players, instead of the 26%, actually, have to divide only 8% amongst themselves. To compound the problems even further the CoA also realized that that the players were being paid a meagre percentage of the earnings from sponsorship rights and even for their participation in ICC tournaments. 

"The CoA has been trying to change the formula for a long time to give players more, but the members are not willing. The cricketers are making a small share. The bigger problem is that the board members who are spending the 70% are unwilling to share details with the CoA. Whenever the CoA points fingers at them, they keep saying that it is their money," TOI quoted a source saying.

The BCCI has the right to deduct the production cost from its gross revenue but what the board do is removing the aforementioned 70% after withdrawing the production cost which results in considerably lowering the "gross revenue". This does not include any of the revenue that the BCCI make from the IPL. Anil Kumble, before being sacked for an unrelated incident, had had meetings with the BCCI general body for the same issue.

TOI even approached board officials for a comment and while they agreed that players did not get their share according to the formula defined by the BCCI, they added that players like Virat Kohli were free to make their own money through endorsements. 

"If cricketers are paid as per the original ratio, they could be banned from doing personal endorsements, like the Australian cricketers. If today the top cricketers are making between Rs 100 crore and Rs 150 crore per year through endorsements, it is because there is no restriction from BCCI," a board official told TOI.

One more problem that has arisen has been the CoA’s demand to adopt a "Fund Disbursement Policy" to take care of cricketers' demands for pay hikes. 

"One of the recommendations of the Hon'ble Justice Lodha Committee, which has been accepted by the SC, is that disbursement of funds by BCCI for cricket development need not be uniform but can depend on need, infrastructure and other relevant criteria, formalised as a clear and equitable policy to incentivise members to develop the sport," CoA had written to board members earlier this year. 

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