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BCCI’s CoA Vinod Rai slams Ravi Shastri obliquely, assures pay issue will be resolved

"We don’t need advocates between the players and us" says Rai

Vinod Rai BCCI COA
Vinod Rai (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chief of the Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai, took a dig at Ravi Shastri for his ‘peanut’ comment in context to the hike in salary of the players under BCCI’s central contract. Earlier this month, Shastri made a bold comment about the hike in salaries of players, terming it as ‘peanuts’ in comparison to Australian, South African and English players.

This was followed by a ‘fruitful’ meeting between Board of Cricket Council in India’s Chief Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai and Indian Captain Virat Kohli. The former asked for a presentation from Kumble and co. about the issue and ensured action will be taken instantaneously.

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A few weeks back, the BCCI increased the retainers for all contracted players of the three graded categories A, B and C. Not amused by the revised salaries, Ravi Shastri commented,”It’s (what they are getting) nothing, (Rs) 2 crore is peanuts. How much is an Australian (cricketer) getting?”

Following a meeting with Kohli, Rai commented, “I had a meeting with Virat Kohli in Hyderabad. He said this was an issue and we are sorting it out. Kumble (coach) has also given a proposal on this.” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. He also emphasized that the board does not entertain any mediator between them and the players.

“We don’t give credence to someone calling a pay hike as peanuts. We don’t need advocates between the players and us.” said Rai vehemently directing towards former Indian Cricketer Ravi Shastri. Vinod Rai also asserted that the Board’s stand on the revenue will continue to remain the same until a win-win situation is figured out unanimously by all the board members.

“Our stance in the ICC on the revenue model will not change. The BCCI is not ready to accept any reductions and we want to figure out a way which is a win-win for all member boards” concluded Rai.

It will be interesting to see the response of Ravi Shastri who is currently commentating and broadcasting on Sony for the 10th edition of the IPL.

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