New Delhi: Former international and first-class cricketers stand to gain big monetary rewards from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The board announced on Monday that from its surplus revenue from the Indian Premier League and Champions League T20, Rs 70 crore will be distributed among approximately 160 cricketers. Here is the breakdown of the list.
A. Rs 1.5 crore for cricketers who have played more than 100 Test matches
B. Rs 1 crore for cricketers who have played between 75 and 99 Test matches
C. Rs 75 lakhs for cricketers who have played between 50 and 74 Test matches
D. Rs 60 lakh for cricketers who have played between 25 and 49 Test matches
E. Rs 50 lakh for cricketers who have played between 10 and 24 Test matches
F. Rs 35 lakh for cricketers who have played between one and nine Test matches and who have played their last international match before 1970
G. Rs 30 lakh for cricketers who have played 100 and more first-class matches
H. Rs 25 lakh Cricketers who have played between 75 and 99 first-class matches.
Players who have played only ODIs will also benefit. According to the BCCI press release, three ODIs make up a Test, and that means if a player has played 24 ODIs, he will be taken as having played eight Test matches to be eligible for Rs 35 lakh. Widows of the deceased players will also be eligible for the one-time payment. Some of the beneficiaries have been sent an invitation to come to the IPL 5 playoffs, starting with the Delhi Daredevils-Kolkata Knight Riders match in Pune on Tuesday. They will be given their cheques before the commencement of the game.