Due to the cancellation of the Ranji Trophy last season due to the Corona epidemic, domestic cricketers can get compensation of at least 50 percent of their match fees, provided the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI’s apex council) accepts the recommendations of the working group. The final decision, however, will be taken by board president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, who will discuss the issue with the apex council on September 20.
The committee is understood to have discussed a number of proposals. The committee includes former India captain Muhammad Azharuddin, Yudhveer Singh, Santosh Menon, Jaydev Shah, Avishek Dalmiya, Rohan Jaitley and Devjit Saikia. All these people are the heads of one or the other union. A board source said, “The final decision is to be taken by Jay Shah, but most of the members are of the view that at least 50 per cent of the total match fee should be compensated.”
At present, a player in the playing XI in a Ranji match gets Rs 35,000 per day and one lakh 40 thousand rupees per match. This means that at least Rs 70000 will be available as compensation for each match. However, how will it be decided who will be in the playing XI and who will be in the last 15 or more players, then it may be decided by the associations.
If the BCCI accepts this proposal, then the board will have to pay a hefty amount to the players. Not only this, BCCI will also have to take care of the scorers, umpires and other stakeholders, as tournaments like Ranji Trophy not only provide livelihood to the players but hundreds of other people as well. However, this year Ranji Trophy is being organized, which will start at the end of the year.