Ravi Shastri (L) and Virat Kohli    AFP
Ravi Shastri (L) and Virat Kohli AFP

Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai will meet India skipper Virat Kohli and other people concerned on Thursday to discuss the pay hike proposal for cricketers. The meeting is expected to take place at the Taj Mansingh Hotel in the capital. It is believed that Kohli, former skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri will be meeting Rai.

The ‘cramped scheduling’ of Indian cricket team matches recently brought up by Kohli is also expected to come up for discussion. Earlier, Rai confirmed that he will meet Kohli somewhere between the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

Earlier, former head coach Anil Kumble had met the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Hyderabad on behalf of the team to discuss salary raise for centrally contracted players and coaching staff. He also gave a presentation to the BCCI office bearers on the revised compensation structure. Rai had also informed that he had already met the team members twice and this will be the third meeting in this regard.

Rai said, “We have met them twice already. First time was when Anil Kumble made his presentation.” He added, “We are during the course of the Test match (Delhi Test match against Sri Lanka) going to meet them again. We are going to meet them as we have prepared the entire compensation package for players which we want to bounce it off them.”

The BCCI currently pays INR 2 crore to Grade A players, INR 1 crore to Grade B players and INR 50 lakh to Grade C players. The top players saw their annual basic deals doubled to 300 000 USD this year, but have demanded more after observing the increased revenues of the BCCI in connection with the Indian Premier League between 2018 and 2023.