Cricket is considered as one of the main games in India where you can probably see many kids playing in streets or playgrounds. Be it boys or girls, men or women, or the aged people, cricket is loved by everyone. Moreover, in a country like India, everyone wants to don the blue jersey. However, the road is not at all easy to reach the highest level of the game.
There are several quality players who don’t get a chance to be on the national team but that certainly doesn’t mean they are not capable enough. It’s the tough competition and talented pool of players that make things tough. While taking it as a career, one has to think about its earning – be it domestic level or international, although cricketers earn a lot in the country.
Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken care of its domestic cricketers financially as well. BCCI is one of the richest cricket board in the world. With BCCI paying high salaries to the Indian players who represent the Indian team on the international level, BCCI has also started taking care of the salary of domestic Indian cricketers.
The initiatives were taken to promote cricket so that one could play it professionally. A domestic season in India features the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which are all formats of the game. Even the players are given the salary as per these tournaments.
Let’s have a look at the salary of Indian domestic cricketers:
Salary of Vijay Hazare Trophy players
This is a 50-over tournament, where every team has to play league games before qualifying for the knockout stage. Each player in the playing XI earns INR 35000 ($ 460) whereas the bench players earn half of this amount, which is INR 17250 ($ 230).
Players from most of the state teams usually get INR 1000 INR ($ 13) as Daily Allowance (DA) in league matches and INR 1500 ($ 19.71) for knockout games. Before reaching the knockout stages, each team plays nearly eight or nine games where the players who appear in the playing XI earn INR 315000 ($ 4139) each.
Salary of Ranji Trophy players
Ranji Trophy is the highest form of domestic cricket in India where the players earn a huge amount by playing this tournament. The Ranji Trophy takes place for nearly two months. Every team plays either 8 or 9 league matches in this four-day tournament. Notably, each match has been played after a four-day gap.
Players earn a huge amount of INR 35000 ($ 460) per match day, which makes it INR 140000 ($ 1839.75) per game as well. Moreover, players get INR 1000 ($ 10.5) daily allowance also. A player who plays all the games earns nearly INR 1332000 ($ 17503.87) along with a DA of almost INR 72000 in a Ranji season even if the team doesn’t reach the knockout stage.
However, the players who don’t play in the match earn half of this amount. But the daily allowance remains the same as well.
Salary of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy players
Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament features six or seven league stage matches. In which every team plays before the four super-stage games for teams that top in their respective groups.
Players earn INR 17,500 ($ 230) per match while those who don’t feature in the playing XI receive INR 8750 ($ 115) per match. The daily allowance is INR 1000 ($ 13.14) for them. For the league games, each player earns a minimum of INR 105,000 ($ 1379.81) alongside nearly INR 10000 ($ 131.41) of the daily allowance. Those teams make it to the Super Stage earns at least INR 175000 ($ 2299.68). With this, they also get INR 16000 (210.26$) of DA as well.
However, players also receive benevolent funds apart from these match fees. They get INR 60000 ($ 788) per match in the Ranji Trophy. INR 20000 ($ 262.82) a game in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. INR 7000 ($92) per match in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. Notably, there is a cut of 12% tax in all the amounts they receive.
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