Major setback as BCCI cancels meet to discuss salary hike

Major setback as BCCI cancels meet to discuss salary hike

Chairman of the Finance Committee Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly stormed out of the meeting midway.

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Indian cricket seems to experience some turbulence after a key meeting of the BCCI in New Delhi was canceled as the chairman of the BCCI’s finance committee, Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly stormed out of the meeting midway. The meeting was setup to discuss over the proposed pay hike for India’s women and domestic cricketers. Following the incident, everything has come to a standstill now.

The initial idea of the pay hike for Ranji Trophy cricketers first came from Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly. It was then that CK Khanna, the acting president of the board, took the matter up with BCCI’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary. They proposed at least a 50% hike in the domestic players’ salaries. Scindia, however, remains completely in the dark about the actual role and scope of the finance committee, as set by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

A BCCI official privy to the meeting was quoted as saying to the PTI, “Since CEO Rahul Johri and CFO Santosh Rangnekar were present, the Committee members including the chairman had a question for them.”

The official further added, “The questions asked by the Committee were valid. Suppose we take a policy decision and the COA shoots it down. We need to know our scope and role. Unless that is clarified, we can’t take any decisions as it involves financial transactions.”

The Women’s team were set to receive a massive pay hike

The finance committee had also planned to increase the salary of the match officials including umpires, match referees, and video analysts. The amount of hike was reportedly set to be the same as that the domestic players would have received.

The likes of Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and rest of the India women’s cricket team, too, were set for a massive salary hike, following their impeccable performance in the Women’s World Cup in the UK this year.