Virat Kohli says, ‘Raise the Pay for cricketers’
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Indian Skipper Virat Kohli will be leading the talks with the BCCI Administrator Vinod Rai. Former Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Coach Ravi Shastri will be accompanying Virat Kohli for the meet.
According to a senior BCCI official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, ‘the players want a raise in their basic salary and Virat is leading the talks. The top players are currently receiving Rs 1.93 crores after their contracts deals have been doubled this year’
‘Virat Kohli and the players are always welcome for discussions with the BCCI to put their points across. We want the players to be always transparent and that’s what even BCCI is trying to be,’ said the official.
The ‘raise in pay’ came after the BCCI struck gold after it sold the IPL 2018 – 2022 Seasons Telecast rights to Star India Channel, owned by Rupert Murdoch. BCCI reportedly sold the IPL rights for the four seasons for a staggering amount of Rs 16,110 Crores (or $2.5 Billion).
The contracts of the players have expired on September 30th, 2017. BCCI is yet to furnish new contracts that would be valid for one year.