Mumbai: While the Indian cricket board has doubled the salaries of its contracted players, it is learnt that the restructured annual retainer fee has not gone down well with India skipper Virat Kohli.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the annual contract for players for this year. The fee for Grade A contract has been raised to Rs 2 crore from Rs 1 crore. Fees for Grade B and C have been set at Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh each. But skipper Kohli is not happy with the restructured retainer fee and has demanded to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for a minimum fee of Rs 5 crore retainer for Grade A, Rs 3 crore for Grade B and Rs 1.5 crore for grade C cricketers, according to a Firstpost report.
According to the report, the main reason behind Kohli’s demand to increase the reatirner fee is that they are paid less than their counterparts. It also claims that Kohli and other Indian players are not happy with the restructured contracts as they weren’t as per their wishes.
The demand also includes separate annual contracts – one for Tests and one for limited-over cricket and Rs 5 crore retainer fee for Grade A cricketer in both the formats.
The issue could been taken up by the CoA in the next BCCI meeting....