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Indian Test cricketers to get pay hike, conditions apply

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) turned Santa in a hastily convened emergent working committee meet where efforts were made to make the entire Indian cricket ecosystem happy.

The first beneficiary of the windfall would be those playing Test cricket for India. The Secretary and the President have been authorised to raise the Test pay of cricketers to somewhat address the disparity of pay between Test players and IPL stars. Test cricketers currently get Rs 7 lakh per match while IPL contracts run into multiple crores for top players.

It was also agreed to have more tournaments for women's cricket and put in place a payment structure for pitch curators.

In what is seen as an appeasement move, the state units which constitute the BCCI, many of whom are unhappy to be kept in the dark by the top brass on their legal strategy to challenge Lodha reforms were told they would get a share of the surplus revenue arising out of the now defunct Champions League T20.

All of these decisions could be no balled by the court if those holding authority are ultimately suspended. But Board officials are hopeful. "Even though the BCCI is delicately placed in its fight with judiciary, we expect the cricketing decisions to be accepted by the court," said a source who attended the meeting.

Some observers think this is a parting gift from the top brass with their imminent exit. Others believe this is to send the message across that cricketers benefited during their rule.

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