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BCCI announce cash reward for Indian cricket team and support staff after series win

Rajdeep Puri
15.80K   //    28 Mar 2017, 16:33 IST
Kohli and Rahane pose with the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Photo credits: Reuters

What’s the story?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a cash prize for the Indian cricket team and the support staff who were involved in the 2-1 series win against Australia at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamsala earlier today. 

A press release by BCCI revealed that each player in the squad would receive Rs. 50 Lakhs, head coach Anil Kumble Rs. 25 Lakhs, and each member of the support staff Rs. 15 Lakhs. 

The Context

The BCCI had recently announced the annual men player contracts for this season, enhancing the retainer and match fees amounts for Team India.The central contracts were divided into three categories (A, B and C), with an annual retainer amount of Rs. 2 crores, Rs. 1 crore and Rs. 50 lakh each.

The match fees enhancements will be effective from the period starting October 1, 2016. An amount of Rs 15 lakhs per Test, Rs 6 lakhs per ODI and Rs 3 lakhs for T20 International will be paid to the players. 

The Details

After a gruelling and hard-fought series, India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar series in style after defeating Australia by 8 wickets in the fourth and final Test at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala. Chasing 106 for victory, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay got India off to a good start at the end of day 3 but found themselves in a spot of bother after losing Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. 

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However, India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane came out with an attacking mindset and brilliantly counter-attacked the Australian batting line-up with a quick-fire knock of 38 in 27 deliveries with four fours and two sixes to his name. India finally achieved the target in the 24th over just before lunch. 

Author’s Take

It’s a great move by the BCCI to incentivise the cricketers after a hard-fought series win against their bitter rivals. After an extremely tiring season which began with the tour against West Indies back in July to the recently concluded series against Australia, it was a good decision by the cricket board to reward the players for their hard work and success over the past 9 months. 

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