New Delhi, Nov 28: India captain Virat Kohli along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and head coach Ravi Shastri is expected to meet the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai this week to discuss a possible pay hike for cricketers, according to sources, news agency IANS reported.
Earlier, this year the Indian cricketers witnessed their annual basic deals doubled to $300,000 (approximately Rs 1.9 crore) but want more after the BCCI recently got a mega deal with broadcaster Star India.
The BCCI will get $2.5 billion from Rupert Murdoch’s Star India to show the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 2018 to 2022.
Moreover, the players’ contracts have already expired on September 30 this year and the board is yet to announce the new contracts.
Apart from demand for pay hike, the trio is also anticipated to discuss the cramped schedule when they meet Rai ahead of the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla, starting December 2.
Recently, Kohli had recently complained about the cramped schedule and lack of preparation time ahead of a challenging tour to South Africa, which will commence from December 28.
Rai has also supported Kohli’s criticism of the scheduling of tours.
India will finish their ongoing home series against Sri Lanka on 24th of this month with the third Twenty20 before leaving for South Africa.
The men in blue will play a two-day warm-up match starting December 30 ahead of the first Test from January 5.