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Anil Kumble demands salary hike for coaches and players

Anil Kumble has demanded a hike in his fees as well as that of the players.

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Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian head coach Anil Kumble receives a salary of around Rs.6.25 crores per year. But he has asked the BCCI for a hike in salary for both players and the coaching staff. The Indian national team coach and veteran spinner met with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Hyderabad on Sunday. He demanded a hike in salary of the members of the coaching team and also a 150% hike in the retainer ship fees for Grade A players.

Kumble showed the members present at the meeting a detailed presentation. He explained the new finance structure he has thought upon. According to a source, the former Indian captain demanded Rs. 7.5 crores per year for his services and contribution to the team. If the BCCI officials agree to that, he might become one of the highest paid Indian coaches ever.

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The retainer fee for the players was doubled in March earlier this year when the new contracts were announced. 7 Grade A cricketers are paid Rs.2 crores per year, 9 Grade B cricketers receive Rs.1 crore per year and 16 Grade C cricketers receive Rs.50 lakhs per year. A BCCI official revealed that if a further 150% hike in retainer ship fees is implemented, then with endorsements, revenue shares and match fees, a Grade A cricketer will earn nearly Rs.10 crores per year.

The CoA also spoke with Indian national team skipper Virat Kohli separately. Kohli joined the meeting through video conference.

Official’s say

A BCCI official described that currently, a player playing just in the Indian Premier League (IPL) earns more than a player who represents his nation India in the Test format. “Separately, the CoA has spoken to them (Kumble and Kohli). Kumble gave a presentation on the revised compensation structure, which will be examined by the (BCCI) office-bearers and then they will have a discussion with the CoA.

“The presentation detailed how the revised structure should be made, adequately protecting the Test players in terms of income level. At the moment, what is happening is that some cricketers who play one-and-a-half months of IPL end up making more than some Test players who don’t play the IPL,” said the official on the condition that his name will not be included in the report.

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