BCCI makes players' actual salaries public

BCCI makes players' actual salaries public

Kohli paid biggest purse; Miller gets highest pay cut

BCCI makes players' actual salaries public
India Test skipper Virat Kohli, at Rs 15 crore, is the highest paid cricketer among the retained players, according to the salary details of the IPL players listed by BCCI on Friday.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper is one of the few players to have received higher purse than the actual amount he had been retained for.

Kohli’s actual salary is Rs 15 crore while the purse deduction amount was Rs 12.50 crore in the list put up by BCCI on its website, just days ahead of the Lodha Committee’s reform report on January 4.

Among other Indians, Harbhajan Singh (Rs 5.50 crore vs 8 crore) and Ambati Rayudu (Rs 4 vs Rs 6 crore) were the top gainers.

RCB’s West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 8.4) and Pune’s South African all-rounder Faf du Plessis (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 4.75 crore) were the gainers among international cricketers.

India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was bought by Team Pune recently, however, had the same actual salary and purse deduction of Rs 12.50 crore while playing for Chennai Super Kings .

Like Dhoni, South Africa’s ODI skipper AB de Villers (Rs 9.5 crore), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 12.5 crore), R Ashwin (Rs 7.5 crore), West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo (Rs 4 crore) too didn’t see any change in their actual salaries.

There were also many cricketers whose actual salary slumped. Kings XI Punjab duo of David Miller (Rs 12.5 crore vs Rs 5 crore) and Manan Vora (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 3.5 crore) and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir (Rs 12.5 crore vs Rs 10 crore) and Sunil Narine (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 8 crore) saw their actual salaries go down.

Mumbai Indians cricketers, West Indies’ Keiron Pollard (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 9.7 crore) and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 8.1 crore) also have a higher actual salary.

Four players who were recently bought by Team Rajkot -- Suresh Raina (Rs 12.5 crore vs Rs 9.5 crore), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 5.5 crore) New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 3.25 crore) and Australia’s James Faulkner (Rs 5.5 crore vs Rs 5.1 crore) were among those who had a lower actual salary.

Team Pune’s Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 8 crore) and Steven Smith (Rs 5.5 crore vs Rs 4 crore) too were among the cricketers who would be paid less than the actual salary by their franchise.

This is the first time since the introduction of the retention system in 2010 that BCCI have disclosed the actual remuneration paid to the retained players. The retention system allows teams to sign a certain number of players from their squad ahead of the auction.

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