More money for Test players

New Delhi: In an attempt to make Test cricket more attractive and lucrative, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has doubled Test players’ remuneration.

Accordingly, Test players’ match fees will be doubled from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for those playing XI and from Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for reserve players.

“I have always maintained that we need to do more for Test cricket and cricketers both, and this is the first step in that direction,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur told reporters on Saturday.

“We can’t shy away from the trend [of being attracted to well-paying T20 leagues] that we are witnessing among new cricketers,” he added.

Presently, Indian team is playing a three-match Test series at home against New Zealand. The home season includes 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20s. This is the highest number of home Tests in a season for India.

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee had asked the BCCI not to take any decisions concerning 2016-17 till decisions on restructuring the board were in place.

It is to be seen whether changes on match fees will be accepted by the apex court in view of the Lodha Committee recommendations.

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