According to BCCI’s new contract system, pay structure, the salary of Ranji Trophy and domestic cricketers has increased more than three-fold, just as the Indian cricketers’ has.
Until 2016-17, Ranji players and under-23 cricketers were being paid only Rs 10,000 per day, that is for those who were in the playing XI. (A player in the reserves received only half of it.) The under-19 and under-16 cricketers playing for their state team received Rs 3,000 per day. These payments were in line with the system introduced way back in 2007.
The BCCI decided at a technical committee meeting last August to substantially increase the Ranji Trophy players’ salary, with acting president CK Khanna opining that a minimum 50 per cent hike was a must.
On March 7, 2018 (Wednesday), the Committee of Administrators released the annual player contracts for the domestic players, with their salaries hiked by more than 300 per cent. Provided below are the full details of the salary for Ranji Trophy players and their U-23, U-19 and U-16 counterparts.
|Player||Salary for playing XI||Salary for reserves|
|Ranji Trophy||Rs 35,000 per day||Rs 17,500 per day|
|Under-23||Rs 17,500 per day||Rs 8,750 per day|
|Under-19||Rs 10,500 per day||Rs 5,250 per day|
|Under-16||Rs 3,500 per day||Rs 1,750 per day|
This essentially means that a Ranji Trophy cricketer who is part of the playing XI will walk home with well over 1 lakh rupees per match (Rs 1,40,000, presuming a first-class match goes the distance). And a reserve player will earn Rs 70,000!