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The Committee of Administrators (COA) finally decided to finalise the increment for Bangar and Sridhar on Thursday. IANS (File Photos)

The windfall season continued for the Indian team and its management with the latest reports suggesting a 50 percent salary hike for the assistant coaches. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to reward the assistant coaches batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar with their salary shooting up to approximately Rs 15 lakh per month, a report in the Indian Express stated. Bangar and Sridhar had till now been earning INR 10 lakh per month (that is INR 1 crore for a period of 10 months minus the two-month IPL window, where they are not paid).

The report also stated that the duo had requested for the hike for quite some time after having spent more than two years with the senior team. The coaches had also asked the board to bring in contracts for the support staff. Though there was no word on the contracts, the committee of administrators (COA) finally decided to finalise the increment for Bangar and Sridhar on Thursday. Last month, the support staff had turned down a proposed 25 percent hike, insisting that they had been promised a 100 per cent raise by the previous BCCI regime.

The matter, report said, was taken up by head coach Anil Kumble. It was only after his intervention and subsequent discussions with the COA that the decision of 50 per cent hike was made. Only on Wednesday, the COA had announced a 100 per cent raise for the centrally contracted players. This might have had a role to play here as well.

There are no contracts for the support staff and their salaries had not been increased for the past two years. If they can double the pay in the players annual contracts, the COA felt that the support staff, too, deserved at least a 50 per cent hike, the report quoted a source in the board.

It also mentioned that during the England Test series last year, Bangar and Sridhar had raised the matter with the then secretary Ajay Shirke and president Anurag Thakur, both of whom had agreed to look in to it. But it was in limbo after the duo was removed by the Supreme Court, till the COA decided to take it up. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had come up with a new proposal with regards to revised salaries last month the 25 per cent raise but it fell well below the support staff s expectations.