BCCI selectors in line for pay hikes following CoA approval

The BCCI scenario selection committee is line for a pay hike, with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) approving an increase of Rs 30 lakhs for former India cricketers Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh and Rs 20 lakh for chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, according to a report in The Times of India.

As per the report, which includes a reference to the minutes of a recent CoA meeting, the CoA – which comprises former CAG chief Vinod Rai and former India women’s captain Diana Edulji – took the decision to increase the selection committee members’ salaries to Rs 90 lakh per year (up from Rs 60 lakh) and Rs 1 crore for the chairman of selectors (up from Rs 80 lakh).

The existing BCCI senior selection panel comprises Prasad, Gandhi and Sarandeep after the Supreme Court last year ruled that all selectors must have played Test cricket. On this basis, Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda had to step down.

For the junior selection panel, the chairman will get a Rs 5 lakh hike for a yearly salary of Rs 65 lakh while the others will get RS 60 lakh per year. The women’s selection panel will get revised salaries of Rs 25 lakh per year and the chief selector Rs 30 lakh.

The TOI report includes mention of the CoA minutes, stating “the CoA was informed that before the above increase could be communicated to the selectors, some of them had approached the acting secretary (Amitabh Choudhary), seeking an increase in their remuneration. In view thereof, the acting secretary had asked Saba Karim (General manager of cricket operations at BCCI) for a comparative analysis of the increase in remuneration fee of team India’s support staff and (India A coach) Rahul Dravid since FY 2014-15. After going through the same, the acting secretary had recommended a further increase of approximately 70%.”