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Friday, August 26, 2011

Eng-Ind series - Time for Post-mortem - Part IV

The above table shows interesting insights into the basic needs of the Indian players. The first column shows the contract money being provided by BCCI to the players concerned as per the grades. There are 3 grades defined (base price of 1 Crore, 50 Lakhs, 25 Lakhs each) by BCCI. For comparison sake, the contract values are converted to Dollar value (1 USD = 46.07 INR being used) Similarly, the IPL franchises pay these players a given price (as per the auction when they bid for the player). If one considers that a player in a year has been selected for 20 test matches, 40 ODIs and 5 T20 matches, he will be compensated accordingly by BCCI (7 lakhs per test, 4 per ODI, 2 per T20I). Adding this to the base price, one gets the compensation every player receives from BCCI. The last column shows the comparison between the IPL prices of the players (versus the contracts being given). The table above has been sorted by the comparison number calculated. This reveals very interesting facts and it is no surprise that the players on the top of the table are the ones who have been 'injured' at various teams (thereby missing test/ODI series) or not selected (because of non-performance issues). Similarly, the ones at the bottom of the table are those for whom the Indian cap matters (even considering the fact that is for purely monetary basis alone). If one sees the English contracts, as per this article, the players are paid between 420,000 to 700,000 USD in a year. This is the base price and the match fees, win bonuses and sponsorship opportunities add to this base price. Aakash Chopra in this interview talks about a further parity in the Indian first-class cricketer's salary (forget international players)
Increase the remuneration in the Ranji and Duleep Trophy. At the moment a player gets Rs 1 lakh (US$ 2200 approx) per first-class game, but in the IPL the average player gets about Rs 30 lakhs ($65,000) for 14 T20 matches. So why should he sweat earning Rs 5 lakhs ($10,900) for playing one full season of first-class cricket? That gap needs to be bridged. You need to start rewarding players in domestic cricket.
Is this not proof enough that the central contract system of the Indian team needs a revamp? If the numbers are comparable to the ones the player gets from IPL, why will the players select the franchise compared to the country?
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