Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kohli and Co's request to COA for pay hike will need General Body's approval

India captain Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are set to request COA chief Vinod Rai for a substantial hike in the central contracts but it may be easier said than done as it is going to require the approval of the general body of BCCI. The Indian cricketers' central contracts saw a two-fold rise with top players in Group 'A' earning Rs 2 crore annually. Earlier, they were drawing Rs 1 crore. Despite the cent percent hike in annual contracts, the players were apparently still not happy and erstwhile coach Anil Kumble had given a presentation to the Committee of Administrators about raising it to R5 crore for Grade A cricketers.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

The COA, in its third Status Report submitted to the Supreme Court on April 6, had stated about the proposed recommendations on restructuring of central contracts. "Unlike reports that players want share from the IPL broadcast revenue, they have never ever said anything like that. Yes, they have spoken about a respectable rise," a senior BCCI office bearer told PTI yesterday. Currently the Indian players earn less than 8 percent (7.8 per cent) of BCCI revenues and that is something that Rai wants to change. However, unless the general body of the BCCI approves the revised pay structure, the players won't be getting what they demand at this point of time.

"Now let's consider a situation wherein Virat or MS requests Rai to consider a pay hike. He can easily tell them that he had already given his recommendations to the Supreme Court in COA's third Status Report. Now any fund disbursement of the BCCI would require approval of the General Body. "A Special General Meeting needs to be summoned where all the members will be taking a call. This is as per constitution of BCCI," the official said.

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