The Mumbai Cricket Association announced a significant initiative to double the salaries of Ranji Trophy players, aligning with BCCI’s pay structure.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has shared a significant initiative aimed at incentivizing and elevating the status of domestic red-ball cricket. Starting next season, the MCA will implement a scheme to double the salaries of its Ranji Trophy players.

Matching BCCI’s current pay structure for domestic cricket, MCA will now pay the same amount that the players received from BCCI. Hence, effectively doubling the salary, as the players will receive two salaries of the same amount from both BCCI and MCA.

Currently, the BCCI’s pay structure offers varying daily allowances based on a player’s career experience. New players with less than 20 matches receive Rs 40,000 per day, while players with 21–40 matches earn Rs 50,000 per day. The most experienced players, with over 40 red-ball appearances, get a daily allowance of Rs 60,000.

The MCA’s decision to match these existing BCCI payments was made during a recent Apex Council meeting. “MCA will be paying additional match fees per Ranji Trophy game to each player from next season onwards. We felt that players should earn more, especially those who play Ranji Trophy cricket. For us, red-ball cricket matters the most, as the Ranji Trophy holds a special place for everyone in Mumbai,” MCA President Amol Kale told the Indian Express.

“The MCA recognises the pivotal role that the Ranji Trophy and red ball cricket play in shaping the future of our sport. The Apex Council aims to create a conducive environment for young cricketers to excel and hone their skills. This initiative reaffirms MCA’s commitment to promoting the rich legacy of Indian cricket and nurturing the talents of tomorrow,” MCA Secretary Ajinkya Naik added.

The estimated cost of this new initiative is between Rs 2.5 and 3 crore per season. Despite the additional financial burden, the Apex Council has unanimously approved the plan for the betterment of the process of nurturing young talents.

Last Updated on March 24, 2024