Virat Kohli and his men have more to rejoice just than their recent success overseas. The Indian team has been doing amazingly well on their trips abroad with a limited-overs series win in South Africa, T20I series win in England and Test and ODI series win in Australia. They also recently remained unbeaten on the tour to West Indies. On top of this, the BCCI has now decided to double their daily allowance for overseas trips.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has increased the daily allowance from $125 (Rs 8,899.65) to $250 (Rs 17,799.30) and also increased the players’ per diem during home international series. The Vinod Rai-led panel had a meeting in New Delhi to discuss various issues and allowances of the team on home and away series were a major point of contention. The issue was discussed in detail keeping the volatile economy in consideration.
Players to get fixed allowances during home series
Earlier, the players were allowed INR worth $100 daily, but due to the unstable economy at present, the overseers have decided to fix the allowance at Rs 7500 flat with no linking to the dollar-INR value fluctuations. The foreign travel allowance has been doubled to $250 dollars, which is over and above the business class travel, accommodation and laundry expenses that the BCCI takes care of. The hike is only valid for the players and coaching staff according to the report in Mumbai Mirror
Not only the pay was raised for the players, but the selectors have benefitted also with the CoA increasing their per diem as well. Their daily home allowance, which was INR 3500 has now been fixed to INR 7500 and they are already being paid $250 per day for overseas tours. These allowance benefits have been extended to the Indian women’s team as well.
The new allowances are beside the match fees that BCCI gives the players. For a Test, a player fetches Rs 15 lakh, for an ODI Rs 6 lakh and for a T20I Rs 3 lakh. For those not in the playing XI, they are also entitled to annual retainer fee according to their contracts (Rs 7 cr for A+, Rs 5 cr for A, Rs 3 cr for B and Rs 1 cr for C Grade).
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