The BCCI is wealthiest cricket board in the world and in a few weeks, Virat Kohli and his team too could be some of the richest cricketers in the world, or at least on par with their Australian and the British counterparts.
According to reports, Kohli, MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri had discussions with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) over pay hikes for players. Cricketers with Grade A contracts would be paid around Rs 12 crore a year, and the captain's salary would be even higher. Players with Grade B contracts could be worth around Rs 8 crore, and Grade C contract holders can get Rs 4 crore a year.
According to ET, top Indian players are presently paid Rs 2 crore per year, while the Grade B players get Rs 1 crore, and Grade C get Rs 50 lakh a year.
According to reports, though no agreement has been reached, it was agreed that Indian players deserved to be on par with the rest of the world in terms of contracts. A report on ET said that it was pointed out in the discussion that British and Australian players are discouraged from endorsing products while Indian cricketers are allowed. However Shastri, Dhoni, and Kohli made sure to drive home their point.
Discussions were also held on ensuring higher payment for domestic players and the agreement was that the Ranji players, who are entitled to 13% of the BCCI's gross revenue share, should earn enough to make a career out of the game.