After the meeting, Vinod Rai, head of CoA told the media that the discussions were fruitful. “We had extensive discussion with the players and spoke to them on the number of matches they play, the Future Tour Programme (FTP) and compensation package etc. The discussions were fruitful,” Rai was quoted as saying by ANI.
"All the inputs they had to give us were taken and we are going to factor those in. The FTP, we bounced it off them. Presentations have been made and they are in agreement with the FTP so that they get enough rest. Number of days, I can't tell you as we have not yet worked it out," Rai added.
As per the current pay structure, contracted Grade A players are paid Rs two crore annually, Grade B players are in the Rs one crore bracket, followed by Grade C at Rs 50 lakh per year. The per Test match fee for the first XI players stands at Rs 15 lakh. Former coach Anil Kumble, during a presentation to the COA, had demanded Rs five crore for the Grade A players.
"This was a path-breaking initiative, we feel we've found a common ground and aligned our thoughts for the betterment of the game be it the policies under which the player remuneration and FTP will be worked upon," Rai stated.
"The principles on which compensation package has to be structured, that has been agreed to. It's only a question of numbers now. We will now match the revenue with compensation that each player receives," the former CAG chief said. When asked if there will be separate structures for red and white ball specialists, Rai said: "There was no discussion on this topic."
On the eve of the 1st Test between India and Sri Lanka, Kohli had said that he will ask for rest when required. "Definitely I do need rest, why don't I need rest? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I'll ask for it. I am not a robot you can slice my skin and check I bleed," Kohli told reporters on the eve of India's first Test against Sri Lanka.
First Published: November 30, 2017, 6:19 PM IST