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IPL Salaries vs. BCCI Central Contracts – Indian Cricketers’ Earnings Exposed!

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Less than a month before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season begins, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the central contracts for the October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2024 term. This comes as the argument between club and country in cricket gets more intense.

The announcement focused on Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s removal from the central contracts; the Indian cricket board made this choice without giving any explanation. Players missing India’s main red-ball competition, the Ranji Trophy, have come under closer scrutiny as a result, with conjecture pointing to the lucrative Indian main League as a major contributing cause.

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is noted for its financial appeal, as it provides large salaries to players from both India and outside during a two-month season each year. These pay often exceed what players receive from their central contracts with the BCCI.

Salary Comparison: BCCI Central Contract 2023–24 vs. IPL 2024

Players in Grade A+ get Rs. 7 Crore from the BCCI; their IPL teams pay them substantially more; some players receive as much as Rs. 16 Crore.
Players in Grade A have BCCI contracts worth up to Rs. 5 crore, whereas IPL pay can reach up to Rs. 17 crore.

Grade B awardees receive Rs. 3 crore from BCCI, while others have made significant profits from the IPL, such as Rishabh Pant, who earned Rs. 16 crore from the Delhi Capitals.

Grade C sportsmen can earn anything from Rs. 55 lakhs to Rs. 14 crores in the Indian Premier League.

Particularly, there are concerns about the cases of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. Iyer was in Grade B but received an IPL pay of Rs. 12.25 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders last season, whereas Kishan was in Grade C and had a BCCI contract. Kishan was paid Rs. 15.25 crore by the Mumbai Indians.

In addition to their salary from the IPL and their BCCI contracts, the players also receive match money for each international game they participate in.

This scenario highlights the widening financial gaps and decisions that contemporary cricket players must make, highlighting the influence of rich leagues such as the Indian Premier League on established cricket systems.

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Daniel Müller
Daniel Müllerhttps://www.sportingwiki.com/
Daniel Müller writing is characterized by his ability to weave together the technical nuances of cricket with the emotional rollercoaster experienced by players and fans. readers a blend of match analyses, player profiles, and stories that highlight the cultural impact of cricket in India.

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