The working group formed by the BCCI to look into the compensation matter has proposed a systematic plan to ensure players and match officials are duly compensated for lack of matches in the 2020-21 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group comprising Rohan Jaitley (north zone), Yudhvir Singh (central), Jaydev Shah (west), Devajit Saikia (north-east), Avishek Dalmiya (east) and Santhosh Menon, and Mohammad Azharuddin (south) have urged the BCCI to increase the Ranji match fee will also be increased from Rs 1.4 lakh to anywhere between Rs 2-2.5 lakh beginning with the upcoming season.
The New Indian Express reported the development and stated that a final decision will be taken at the Apex Council Meeting on September 20. “They have waited for so long, and in another few days, the package will be announced. All of us felt that not just the players but even the match officials have to be compensated in the right way possible. The strength of Indian cricket lies in the domestic circuit and for it to be healthy, it needs to improve on all fronts. The package will definitely be on the higher side,” a BCCI official familiar with the developments told NIE.
Further, it is reported that BCCI will pay Rs 70,000 per match to every player and suitably pay the umpires, match officials, video analysts, and scorers. “If we reduce the package for cricketers, then it will be even lesser for others. All these factors will be kept in mind. The hike has been due for a while. Following discussions with the state units, we have arrived at a number. This will be discussed at the apex council meet and there will be an increase in match fees across all tournaments. Once it is agreed here, it will be ratified at the annual general meeting," the official added.
After a year-long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic competition, has finally returned to the calendar in a new format. While the first-class tournament will kick-start on January 13 across Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Chennai, the final is slated for March 16-20 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
This year’s tournament will be played in a different format with teams being divided into five elite groups, comprising six teams each, and a Plate group with the remainder of eight teams. Unlike the previous two editions, teams, this time, table toppers from each Elite group will gain direct qualification for the five-day Quarter-finals. Second-placed teams of each five groups and the Plate toppers will then go head-to-head in a pre-quarterfinals to decide the last three QF sports.