The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be lauded a lot by the cricket fraternity, as they have announced a 100% hike in the salaries of their men behind the scenes, like the curators, umpires, match referees, scorers and video analysts.
The Times of India reported that a suggestion was made by the GM, cricket operations Saba Karim to the CoA and on basis of which the CoA decided to raise the salaries of the said employees.
“The CoA was informed that there are five zonal curators and assistant curators each, who’re currently paid a fee of Rs 6 lakh per annum and Rs 4.2 lakh per annum. This fee had been fixed in 2012, and hasn’t been increased since then. He recommended that the fee be doubled to Rs 12 lakh per annum for the five zonal curators and Rs 8.4 lakhs per annum for the five assistant curators,” said the decision on BCCI website.
While the CoA “observed that the number of curators was too few and suggested that the BCCI consider engaging more assistant curators,” it “approved the proposed increase in fee for zonal and assistant curators.”
The salary of top 20 umpires of the country (who officiate in games other than T20 matches) has been doubled from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 per day. The fees of the remaining 85 umpires have been doubled too, from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000. The top 20 umpires will now receive double the amount they received earlier (from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000) for officiating in T20 games, while the remaining umpires will get twice their earlier salary too (Rs 15,000, as compared to Rs 7,500 earlier).
The daily allowance of the umpires too has been doubled from Rs 750 per day to Rs 1500 (in case of outstation umpires), and from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
BCCI’s 58 match referees are all former FC players and will now receive the increased salary of Rs 30,000 per day. In case of T20 games, this has been doubled from Rs 7,500 to Rs 15,000 per match. Their daily allowance too, has been doubled from Rs 750 to Rs 1500 per day in case of outstation match referees, and Rs 500 to Rs 1000 in case of local.
The 153 BCCI scorers will now receive Rs 10,000, instead of Rs 5,000 as earlier. In case of T20 games, they’ll receive Rs 5,000, which is double of what they were getting earlier. Their daily allowance (Rs 1,500 for outstation and Rs 1,000 for local now) too, has been doubled.
The senior video analysts will receive Rs 15,000 per day — double of their previous salary. The assistant video analysts will now get Rs 10,000 per day, upwards of the Rs 3,000 per day that they earned earlier. The fees of senior video analysts for T20 games has been doubled too, from Rs 3,750 to Rs 7,500 per match, while assistant video analysts, who were getting Rs 1,500, will now get Rs 5,000.
Their daily allowance has been increased from Rs 750 to Rs 1500 (outstation) and from Rs 500 to Rs 1000 in case of local video analysts.
Meanwhile, the CoA also discussed the increase in pay of national selectors but felt that selectors who are sitting at home and drawing a salary for not rendering any services on account of the directions issued by the Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee in January 2017, didn’t appropriate any raise.
This means that former India players Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe, who were ineligible to continue as selectors since early last year, won’t receive any increment, which the CoA would decide after going through a proposal for the same. That increment would be effective from October 1 this year.
The CoA also decided against appointing any person to the post of GM (Marketing, communications & Digital), after BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary has questioned the process and appointment in a letter to the CoA.