The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced today that domestic cricketers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic affected 2020-21 season will be given a 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation for the disruption and also increased their income for the upcoming season.
Many Indian domestic cricketers suffered due to there being no Ranji Trophy last season for the first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the calendar. This compensation package by the BCCI was hoped for a long time by a number of these cricketers. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has put out a statement on Twitter saying that cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 Indian Domestic Season will get a 50% additional match fee to make up for the losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to give compensation and to increase income was taken in the BCCI Apex Council meeting on Monday.
Cricketers who participated in 2019-20 Domestic Season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation for season 2020-21 lost due to COVID-19 situation #BCCIApexCouncil
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 20, 2021
The per-day fee for top Ranji cricketers who have played more than 40 matches has been hiked to Rs. 60,000 which ensures that the players earn at least Rs 2.4 lakh per match. Those who have played between 21 to 40 matches would be paid Rs 50,000 per day while those with even lesser experience will get Rs. 40,000. Shah has also said that they will increase the match fees earned by domestic players. U-23 and U-19 players will earn Rs 25,000 and 20,000 per day respectively.
Earlier, Ranji Trophy cricketers used to earn Rs 35,000 per day. Players in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earned Rs. 17,500 per game. Women cricketers will also earn around Rs 20,000 per match instead of Rs 12,500. These recommendations were made by a working group that included former Indian team captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Yudhvir Singh, Santosh Menon, Jaydev Shah, Avishek Dalmiya, Rohan Jaitley and Devajit Saikia.