India’s national selectors set to receive a huge pay hike

India’s national selectors set to receive a huge pay hike

Women's and Junior selection committee will also be paid a hefty amount.

MSK Prasad of India
MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sanctioned the rise in the annual fees of selectors by Rs 30 Lakh and Rs 20 Lakh for the chief selector. With this hike, the annual pay to the members of the selection committee will go up to Rs 90 Lakh while the chairman of the panel will earn Rs 1 Crore. Currently, the selection panel members and its chief draw a yearly remuneration of Rs 60 Lakh and Rs 80 Lakh respectively.

The selection panel is currently headed by former wicket-keeper MSK Prasad. Former Indian opener Devang Gandhi and spinner Sarandeep Singh are the other two members. Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe were also part of the group but they had to step down from their position in 2017 since the Lodha Committee recommended that the panel should have played Test cricket for India.

While chief selector Prasad has played six Tests for his country between October 1999 and January 2000, Gandhi and Sarandeep represented India in four and three Tests respectively. Khoda and Paranjpe only played in the limited-overs format.

Hike for Junior and women’s selection committee members

According to the Times of India, the remuneration of members of the junior selection committee was also raised. While the members of the committee were set to receive a hiked pay of Rs 60 lakh per annum, the chairman was set to get Rs 65 lakh. The women’s selection committee members will be paid Rs 25 Lakh annually and the head of the panel will receive Rs 30 Lakh.

The report also cited the minutes to say that “the CoA was informed that before the above increase could be communicated to the selectors, some of them had approached the acting secretary (Amitabh Choudhary), seeking an increase in their remuneration.”

“In view thereof, the acting secretary had asked Saba Karim (General manager of cricket operations at BCCI) for a comparative analysis of the increase in remuneration fee of team India’s support staff and (India A coach) Rahul Dravid since FY 2014-15. After going through the same, the acting secretary had recommended a further increase of approximately 70%.”

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar had a question in favour of the national selectors to be paid for their services in 2007 and now the ‘Colonel’ will be happy to see the kind of hike they are getting.

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