Ganguly backs pay hike request
Mumbai: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Friday supported the pay hike for the national team cricketers, saying the players deserve to get a share of the BCCI's ever increasing revenues.
India captain Virat Kohli and his predecessor M S Dhoni's demand for a pay hike for the team was today accepted by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).
"Absolutely, players should get money, why not? The Board makes so much money, the players should also get it. When Virat Kohli plays, the entire country watches him," Ganguly said at promotional event here.
The former left-handed batsman also said that the players should be looked after well by the cricket authorities as their careers are short.
"Players should be very well looked after because the (career) span is only 15 years. Not many (players) play for 15 (years), very few play for 20 (years). So, I am a big supporter of that (pay hike)," Ganguly said.
"The BCCI does that. If you look at the way the players are looked after these days, it's phenomenal. I have actually seen the entire circle. When I played in 1991, for the entire trip in Australia, I got paid Rs 30,000, and when I finished in 2013, I could see the drastic change. It's in every profession," he added.
Kohli and Dhoni on Thursday met CoA chief Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in the national Capital.