Bhajji requests Jumbo to look into Ranji fees
Time away from national team has given Harbhajan Singh a fresh perspective about the condition of an average domestic cricketer, prompting him to request chief national coach Anil Kumble to raise the issue of their match fees with the COA.
Kumble is set to give a presentation to the Committee of Administrators (COA) on May 21 about the revised pay structure of the contracted Indian cricketers with an eye on substantial hike on current central contract. The grades are Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh.
While the elite Indian cricketers are a sorted lot along with a handful of first-class players, who have IPL contracts, an average domestic cricketer still gets a match fee of Rs 1.5 lakh (first XI player) for a first-class game (Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy) compared to the Rs 15 lakh for a Test match.
One of India's finest spinners, Harbhajan has recently written to Kumble about the financial insecurities of domestic cricketers. The letter has Harbhajan making an emotional plea to Kumble.
"It's been last 2/3 years (that) I am playing Ranji Trophy. I hate that I've found constant struggle around me in the financial situation of my first-class teammates. Even though Ranji Trophy is hosted by the richest cricket board in the world, I appeal to you as a player, who is an inspiration and role model for all Ranji players," Harbhajan wrote to Kumble.
"I request you to please take this up with the top brass of BCCI and players like Sachin, Rahul, Laxman, Viru to ensure that a change is brought about in the pay structure, in the amounts they get paid," Harbhajan wrote.
Harbhajan finds it difficult to digest that the Ranji pay structure has not undergone revision for a long time. "I am willing to help/assist in any way to help bring in a change. It's shocking to say the least that the payment system hasn't been changed since 2004. Imagine the value of 100 rupees then and now. It is so different."
India's third highest wicket-taker in Tests felt that an average domestic cricketer can't plan his life and investments. "Imagine in today's day and age how can you call yourself a professional if your 'job' doesn't even tell you how much you will earn yearly?”
- ‘I had faith in my bowlers during death overs’ 23 May 2017 | PTI
- It was grand finish to good competition: Fleming 23 May 2017 | PTI
- Young Indian stars emerge from IPL 10 23 May 2017 | PTI
- Singles 22 May 2017 | Agencies
- Juventus clinches record 6th straight Serie A title after beating Crotone 3-0 22 May 2017 | AP
- No more CL nights at Emirates for Gunners 22 May 2017 | AP
- Zverev upsets Djokovic to claim Rome title 22 May 2017 | AP
- Yeh 10th saal Mumbai ke naam 22 May 2017 | PTI
- Singles 21 May 2017 | Agencies
- India look to end medal drought at Sudirman Cup 21 May 2017 | PTI
Sunday EditionView All
21 May 2017 | PTI | Jamshedpur
Protest against lynching of four persons intensified today and the police had to fire in the air to disperse a mob, while prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed in four areas here for tonight. Police fired in the air to disperse a mob that blocked roads in Mango area, demanding arrest of culprits involved in the lynching of four persons of a community at Rajnagar in Seraikela-Kharswan district on Thursday...
STATE EDITIONSView All
23 May 2017 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal
Two Hindi plays ‘Jung-e-Azadi’ and ‘Mantra’ were beautifully staged at Shaheed Bhavan Auditorium on Monday. The plays were staged marking the first day of Children’s Theatre Festival ‘Azad Bansuri’...