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Virat Kohli and co now will be payed Rs 15 lakh per Test AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now decided to increase fees for the players who are involved with Test cricket. As of now India’s Test players are getting around Rs. 7 lakh for every Test match they play but with the increased pay check it will now be Rs. 15 lakh per Test. Not only Test players but reserve players fees have also be double to Rs. 7 lakh per match. BCCI has taken this step to make Test cricket financially more attractively much like T20 leagues around the club. West Indies cricket has seen a decline in its players wanting to play Test but are open to play as many T20 leagues around the world.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur said in an interview, “We have doubled the match fees as we think Test cricket has to be given priority”, reports ESPNCricinfo. He further added, “We have had discussions to make Test cricket popular and lucrative among the new generation. If we need to keep the players’ interest in Tests alive, we’ll have to ensure that Test players are better paid. We can’t shy away from the trend [of being attracted to well-paying T20 leagues] that we are witnessing among new cricketers.”

This decision was taken in the working committee meeting of BCCI in Mumbai last Monday, just before the special genreal meeting which was to discuss the Lodha panel recommendations. An embattled BCCI on Friday missed the first deadline to implement Lodha Committee recommendations on sweeping administrative reforms after it had to adjourn its Special General Meeting on technical grounds.