Captain Kohli leads pay rise push for Indian cricketers
But the Indian squad, who are due to hold talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in New Delhi on Dec. 1, want more after the governing body struck a huge new television deal in September.
The BCCI will get $2.5 billion from Rupert Murdoch’s Star India channel to show the Indian Premier League from 2018 to 2022.
Player contracts expired on September 30 and salaries are one of the key negotiating points.
A senior board official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that “the players want a raise” and that Kohli will lead the talks with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current coach Ravi Shastri.
“It’s always healthy to be transparent and that’s what BCCI is trying to be. Kohli and the players are always welcome to put their point across,” the official said.
Currently the national squad has three salary grades, with Kohli and other senior players at the top.
“We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players,” said Rai.