Indian players are getting peanuts, claims Ravi Shastri

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New Delhi : Earlier, there were reports of discontent within the Indian players for not being paid well in the Central contract compared to players from other countries. The BCCI which is the richest board offers only Rs 2 cr to the Grade A players, while Australia and England offer Rs 12 cr and Rs 8 respectively.

According to a report, BCCI earns over Rs 1365 cr per year but distributes only Rs 400 crs among the players across the country. The larger share is taken by the state officials.

First it was Indian coach Anil Kumble who had raised the issue and now former India team director Ravi Shastri feels topranked Indian cricketers are being paid peanuts.  

He even asked the Board to equally remunerate those Test players who weren't able to bag an IPL contract.

"It is (salaries) peanuts, frankly speaking," Shastri who was roped in as mentor and advisor by Greycells Education. "How much do the Aussies get?" he added.


Citing the example of Cheteshwar Pujara, who despite being India's top scorer in Tests this season had no takers during the IPL auction, the ex-India captain said: "The Board should ensure that players like Pujara are paid well. A player like Pujara should not waste time thinking whether he gets an IPL contract or not.