According to BCCI’s new contract system, pay structure, the salary of Ranji Trophy and domestic cricketers has increased substantially from the forthcoming 2021-22 domestic season.
As per the new pay slabs, Ranji players in the playing XI will receive between Rs 40,000 and Rs 60,000 per day. That is, those who play up to 20 matches in the playing XI will receive Rs 40,000, those who play between 21 and 40 matches will receive Rs 50,000, and those who play more than 40 matches, will receive Rs 60,000.
Players in the reserves will receive half of those respective slabs.
The under-23, under-19 and under-16 cricketers in the playing XI will receive Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 7,000 respectively. The reserves will be paid half of those respective amounts. Unlike the senior men’s domestic cricketers, the pay slabs will not vary based on the number of matches.
Until 2019-20, Ranji players in the playing XI were being paid Rs 35,000 per day. (A player in the reserves received only half of it.) Under-23 cricketers in the playing XI were paid Rs 17,500, while those in the reserves received Rs 8,750. The under-19 cricketers playing for their state team received Rs 10,500 per day (Rs 5,750 for those in reserves). The under-16 cricketers were paid Rs 3,500 per day, with the reserves paid half that amount.
The BCCI decided at its 9th Apex Council Meeting, held on September 20, to increase the salary for the domestic cricketers.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah also announced that “cricketers who participated in the 2019-20 Domestic Season will get 50 per cent additional match fee as compensation for season 2020-21 lost due to COVID-19 situation.”
|Player||Salary for playing XI||Salary for reserves|
|Ranji Trophy||Rs 40,000-60,000 per day||Rs 20,000-30,000 per day|
|Under-23||Rs 25,000 per day||Rs 12,500 per day|
|Under-19||Rs 20,000 per day||Rs 10,000 per day|
|Under-16||Rs 7,000 per day||Rs 3,500 per day|
This essentially means that a Ranji Trophy cricketer who is part of the playing XI will walk home with well over 1.5 lakh rupees per match (Rs 1,60,000, presuming a first-class match goes the distance). And a reserve player will earn Rs 80,000.