Mumbai, Oct 13: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is paying more to non-playing and retired cricketers than the Indian captain MS Dhoni.
According to "The Indian Express" today, former skippers Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri receive more money from the Indian cricket board when compared to the current players including the big names like Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
"The board pays Shastri and Gavaskar Rs 4 crore annually as commentators. As per Supreme Court orders, Gavaskar will be paid an extra Rs 2.37 crore (for BCCI interim president role during IPL 7). Roughly the same will be given to Shastri," an unnamed BCCI official was quoted as saying in the report.
Dhoni received Rs 2.59 crores including retainer fee of Rs 1 crore, for playing 35 international matches for India across all formats, the report said. Kohli earned Rs 2.75 crores for 39 games.
However, Gavaskar and Shastri's earnings from the BCCI are more. The duo gets nearly Rs 6 crores with Gavaskar having served as interim BCCI president during this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) and Shastri appointed as Team Director till next year's World Cup.
While Dhoni and his men have to sweat it out on the field to earn their money, Gavaskar and Shastri are increasing their bank balance, sitting in the cool confines of commentary boxes. However, Shastri will be away from commentary till the 2015 World Cup as he will be with the team.