While reports coming in say Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his teammates are not happy with the recent hike in payment, former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri on Monday said what BCCI announced is just "peanuts".
Shastri, who is apparently not satisfied with the revised pay structure, said: "It's (what they are getting) nothing, (Rs) 2 crore is peanuts. How much is an Australian (cricketer) getting?".
Last month the BCCI doubled the retainers fee for all contracted players to two crore, one crore and 50 lakh, respectively for the three graded categories A, B and C.
The board also increased the match fees to Rs 15 lakh, 6 lakh and 3 lakh per Test match, ODI and T20 International, respectively.
Shastri said that top Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who does not have a contract with any franchise team in the cash-awash IPL should get paid the highest, at par with top players.
"The grade contracts of a Test player should be the highest. Cheteshwar Pujara should be the higest, at par with top players. Your A grade contracts have to be massive," Shastri said.
That is the best grade, where an A grade player like Pujara gets a massive amount and is not bothered whether he plays IPL or not. He will be happy and say ‘I can play two months of country cricket’ and go (to England)Ravi Shastri, former India all-rounder
The former Test and ODI all-rounder's support for another steep hike in the players' fees comes on the heels of news reports emerging that the players were unhappy even with these enhanced pay structure announced by the board on March 22.
Their contention, according to the reports, is that the cricketers from England, Australia and South Africa were being paid much more by their respective cricket boards.