Kapil Dev urges BCCI to increase players' salary

“Let them pay more to those who play for India, then we’ll see how many of our players skip series,” Kapil Dev said Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Sep 30, 2011

Former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev opines that the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India should increase the income of the Indian cricketers, which might eventually help bringing an end to the club vs country debate.

“Both forms of the game are run by the same organization (BCCI), yet a player gets more money for representing a club than while playing for the nation. Let them pay more to those who play for India, then we’ll see how many of our players skip series,” Kapil was quoted by the Times of India.

Former cricketers including Australia s Shane Warne and West Indies pacer Michael Holding had earlier accused Indian cricketers of risking injuries by playing in the Indian Premier League and the ongoing Champions League, and not giving enough priority to the international cricket.

Many top players earn more than $1 million from their clubs in each six-week season of the IPL, which is run by the BCCI.

On the other hand, a BCCI annual contract gets a maximum of $200,000 with additional match fees of $14,000 for Tests, $8,000 for ODIs and $4,000 for Twenty20 internationals.

“The Indian team couldn’t even get time to unwind and enjoy their World Cup triumph. They got just four days before the IPL began. When you don’t get enough time to unwind you lose the passion to play. That’s what happened in England,” said Kapil.

Many key players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Virender Sehwag, and Munaf Patel are currently out of action and will miss the five-match ODI series against England starting October 14. (PTI)