Ravi Shastri (left) has been appointed as the Director of Indian cricket until the World Cup Down Under early next year © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ravi Shastri (left) has been appointed as the Director of Indian cricket until the World Cup Down Under early next year © Getty Images (File Photo)

Oct 13, 2014

MS Dhoni, currently the richest sportsperson in India is on fifth of the list of world’s richest sportsperson, according to Forbes. But that doesn’t mean he is the highest paid cricketer by the BCCI. Rather, it’s the former captains of team India, Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar who top the chart of the highest paid cricketer by the BCCI.

Both Shastri and Gavaskar, the director of cricket and the head of IPL operations respectively would be getting an extra bonus of Rs. 2 crore for their respective roles recently. This in turn means that both would earn about Rs. 6 crore annually. Earlier, both the former players used to earn about Rs. 4 crore per year as the BCCI-endorsed commentators in all of India’s international matches around the world, reports The Indian Express.

Dhoni has earned about Rs. 2.59 in the last 12 months while playing for India in all formats of the game (35 matches), including his match fees and the retainer fee for Rs. 1 crore. On the other hand, Virat Kohli after playing 39 matches has earned Rs. 2.75 crore.

Shastri has been appointed as the Director of Indian cricket until the World Cup Down Under early next year. Shastri accepted the offer after the board agreed to compensate him as he would not be able to serve the media commitments, reports suggest.

“The board pays Shastri and Gavaskar Rs 4 crore annually as commentators. As per Supreme Court orders. Gavaskar will be paid an extra Rs 2.37 crore. Roughly the same will be given to Shastri,” said a BCCI official.