Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a new contract system and compensation structure for Indian cricket on Wednesday. The new grade-wise list came as a massive surprise for many, given the way the senior men’s team got a massive raise.
The national cricket body introduced a new A+ category that saw Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah earn Rs seven crore each. While players from the A, B and C category would go on to earn Rs five, three and one crore respectively.
Since there was no Grade A+ contract in 2017, Grade A players previously used to receive Rs 2 crore while Grade B and C players would pocket Rs one crore and Rs fifty lakh respectively.
However, once the BCCI revealed the compensation structure for women’s cricketers, a lot of eyebrows were raised over the shocking pay differences.
Given Mithali Raj and co’s recent success, the top bracket in the women’s category was only allotted a maximum Rs fifty lakh, half the money compared to the lowest grade for men.
Unimpressed with the BCCI over the unfair payment, Twitterati hit back at the national cricket board, asking to pay the ladies deservingly equally.
Dear @BCCI please show your appreciation for women's cricket by reducing this appalling pay gap. And please negotiate contracts for telecast of their matches. We have an excellent team that a lot of us fans regret not being able to watch perform regularly. pic.twitter.com/rlPMmuTtcU— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) March 7, 2018
BCCI Retainer Fee:— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 7, 2018
Grade A+ INR 7 Cr
Grade A INR 5 Cr
Grade B INR 3 Cr
Grade C INR 1 Cr
Grade A INR 50 Lacs
Grade B INR 30 Lacs
Grade C INR 10 Lacs
Women's Top Grade Fee Is Half Of Men's Lowest Grade Fee. Life Is So Unfair. 😏 #BCCI #TeamIndia
Both men and #women representing our country in cricket— Mayank Deep (@Mayank_Dep) March 8, 2018
Both are doing excellent job but then also girls are being ignored in equal pay..
Why question for all..@BCCI@ICC #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/WpnhwR7AUO
#TeamIndia Senior Men retainership fee structure— Akshay Patel (@aksh_512) March 7, 2018
Grade A+ INR 7 cr / A INR 5cr / B INR 3cr / C INR 1cr
Why The Difference between #menandwomen they all are play for INDIA.
where is your gender equality?
after this you have to make #reservation in National team@SushmaSwaraj
shame..... boys will get 7 cr... women will get 50 lakhs... shame on u bcci— VIRENDER SEHWAG (@virendr_sehwag) March 7, 2018
The annual contracts will be valid from October 2017 to September 2018.
"The Committee of Administrators (CoA) was of the view that the performance and position of Indian Cricket needs to be recognised with the fee structure comparable to the best in the world," the BCCI said in a statement.
"The CoA recognises that the actual income of the BCCI fluctuates on an annual basis depending on the number of home matches Team India (Senior Men) plays.
"Hence, to insulate the player compensation, the CoA has sanctioned the creation of a Players Revenue/Compensation Equalisation Fund (PR/CEF) to which the BCCI will contribute approximately Rs 125 crore per annum from its surplus," the BCCI statement read.