Sachin Tendulkar spotted at Wankhede Stadium for Ranji Trophy finals after BCCI increase incentives for Test format

Sachin Tendulkar Graces Wankhede Stadium for Ranji Trophy Final

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar made a notable appearance at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday morning to witness the intense battle unfold in the Ranji Trophy 2023-24 final between Mumbai and Vidarbha. Alongside Tendulkar were former Mumbai captain Dilip Vengsarkar and Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Chandrakant Pandit, adding to the star-studded presence at the iconic stadium.

Also: BCCI announces incentives to boost Test cricket

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Tendulkar’s attendance comes hot on the heels of former captain Sunil Gavaskar’s spirited support for Mumbai from the stands on Monday evening. Gavaskar’s standing ovation for Ajinkya Rahane and Musheer Khan’s gritty half-centuries on Day 2 boosted the morale of the home team.

Amidst the action-packed final, Tendulkar was spotted enjoying a cup of tea while Mumbai’s Musheer Khan and Shreyas Iyer solidified the team’s second innings lead after captain Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal for 73 runs.

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In a bid to safeguard the future of Test cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has unveiled a groundbreaking incentive scheme for players participating in the longest format of the game. Under this scheme, players involved in Test squads, including non-playing members, will receive financial rewards.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah emphasized the importance of preserving Test cricket and ensuring that players are duly recognized for their contributions to the format. The move has garnered praise from former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who commended Shah’s efforts in upholding the significance of Test cricket.

According to the scheme, players featuring in over 50% of Test matches in a year will receive a substantial incentive of Rs 30 lakh, with non-playing members entitled to Rs 15 lakh per match. Those participating in 75% of Tests will earn Rs 45 lakh per game, while non-playing members will receive half of that amount.

This initiative aligns with the BCCI’s commitment to prioritize red-ball cricket, as evidenced by recent actions such as withholding central contracts from players neglecting domestic red-ball cricket.

Just the day before, Tendulkar took to social media to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wankhede Stadium, which served as the grand venue for the Ranji Trophy final.