CoA chairman meets with Kohli over payment structure

“Any issue pertaining to players’ interest will be addressed with utmost seriousness”

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Vinod Rai, the chairman of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), and his colleague, Vikram Limaye, met with India captain Virat Kohli and a few other players in Hyderabad on Wednesday in regards to the payment structure of national players.

Kohli expressed his displeasure towards the amount of money Indian players get even though the CoA, who are now in charge of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doubled the annual retainer fee of Grade A, B and C contracts.

Kohli’s frustrations about the payment scheme stem from the fact that players like England batsman Joe Root and Australia captain Steve Smith supposedly earn between INR 8 crore and INR 12 crore.

“Let me make it clear at the very onset that any issue pertaining to players’ interest will be addressed with utmost seriousness,” Rai said. “We will not leave any stone unturned in this regard. But the CoA will directly deal with players and does not need any intermediaries.

“We met Virat and a few other players and it was a very fruitful discussion with them.¬†We have already asked chief coach Anil Kumble to make a presentation. In fact, Virat also spoke about the presentation.”

When questioned whether an increase in the annual retainer fees would occur as a result of Kumble’s presentation, Rai said: “That I can’t tell you right now but like we doubled the retainership fee for the 2016-17, we would certainly work on it again. The players’ interest will be kept in mind.”

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