The BCCI announced a big decision yesterday. In a decision taken at a meeting of its core committee, the Board of Control For Cricket In India decided to double fees of ground staff, curators, umpires, match referees, video referees and other support staff. The move was welcomed by the entire cricketing fraternity who appreciated BCCI’s recognition of their work.
With a hectic season seeing many matches being played in India along with the recently concluded Indian Premier League, the toll on ground staff and technicians have reached great heights. And the richest cricketing body in the world showed that BCCI has a heart of gold. In a great move, they decided to increase the fees of these workers by two-fold keeping in mind the extra hours and immense efforts put in by them to ensure that all matches were conducted in impeccable fashion which saw the stadiums not only being prepped and prepared better than any in the world but match officials also maintaining world-class standards.
The decision was arrived at following a recommendation by former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim, GM, cricket operations. The CoA was informed that there are five zonal curators and assistant curators each, who are currently paid a fee of Rs 6 lakh per annum and Rs 4.2 lakh per annum. This fee had been fixed in 2012and 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.”
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The move sees an increase in fees of the top 20 umpires in the country from 20000rs to 40000rs and from 10000 to 20000 for T20s. The fee of the remaining 85 umpires has been doubled from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000, as compared to Rs 7,500 earlier for T20s.
The fee of the 185 video analysts of the BCCI too has been increased. The senior video analysts will receive Rs 15,000 per day while the assistant video analysts will now get Rs 10,000 per day. The 153 BCCI scorers will now receive Rs 10,000, instead of Rs 5,000 as earlier and in case of T20 games, they’ll receive Rs 5,000.
The CoA also considered an increase in the increase of selectors but decided against it. A decision on it will be taken in the next CoA by BCCI. Stay tuned for more updates on the cricket world.