BREAKING | Virender Sehwag reveals the fight of Dravid and Kumble

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Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid's fight for revenue share with BCCI is benefitting current cricketers, says Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag has stated that had the senior players like Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar not fought with the BCCI for revenue shares, Indian cricketers wouldn’t have enjoyed the privilege they are getting now. He has further added that a paralleled Kabaddi League will help India.

BCCI Revenue sharing model, which came into effect in 2001-02, is one of the finely crafted models in the sporting arena, and through that every player in the domestic level also get benefitted, earning a good enough amount. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Anil Kumble were at the forefront of it, making the model come alive, at a time when the players’ association was never a thing of discussion.

On the sidelines of IPKL Kabaddi League floated by the New Kabaddi Federation (NKF), Sehwag has stated that current Indian players are reaping the benefits of the seeds sown by the trio of Tendulkar, Dravid, and Kumble.

"We had to fight to get a share of revenue from BCCI but I don't think there is any such precedence in any other sport. Had the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble not fought for our rights, we wouldn't have been where we are today," Sehwag was quoted as saying by Times of India.

"If you see, there was no friction after that," he added.

The new Kabaddi League committing 20 percent of their revenue reserved for players and Sehwag praised the effort.

"If IPKL is sharing 20 percent revenue for players, it's a good thing. Other sports can learn from this move. I once spoke to former India hockey captain Sardar Singh, who told me that he used to receive mere TA/DA while representing the country and no match fees. It will be great, if football and hockey can take a cue," he added.

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