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14 Sep 2021
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to increase the match fees for the domestic cricketers after being unable to allow the state associations to offer the domestic players central contracts. As per reports in the Sportstar, it is learnt that there will be a significant hike in the match fees atleast for the men’s cricketers.
The BCCI apex council will announce the pay hike which is expected to be more than 40 per cent during it’s meeting on 20th September. Presently, the senior men’s domestic cricketers earn Rs 35,000 per day for a Ranji Trophy or a Vijay Hazare Trophy match.
While competing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the cricketer is paid Rs 17,500 per game. The figures are for the players who are part of the playing XI. The reserve bench players receive half of what the playing XI players receive.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly had clearly mentioned back in 2019 after his appointment as the BCCI president that he wants to introduce central contracts for domestic players via the state associations.
However, it must be noted that the states have pointed out their problems introducing central contracts. The BCCI has themselves taken the initiative of increasing the match fees of first-class games to atleast Rs 50,000 and one-days while half of it for T20s.
The state associations are welcome to offer central contracts to their players despite the rise in the match fees. Meanwhile, the additional match fees also mean that the players will be compensated for the reduced number of matches.