BCCI unveils reward scheme to promote red-ball cricket participation

Mumbai, (UNI) The BCCI on Saturday announced the initiating of the ‘Test Cricket Incentive Scheme’ to promote red-ball cricket participation among senior cricketers.

Commencing from the 2022-23 season, the scheme will serve as an additional reward structure on top of the existing match fee for Test matches, set at Rs 15 lakhs.

As per the scheme shared by Honorary BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, players who play more than 75 percent of the Tests in a season for India will receive Rs 45 lakh along with the additional fee per Test match.

Considering nine Test matches are in a season, players playing less than 50 percent or less than four matches will not be applicable for the scheme.

Players who play five to six Tests (more than 50 percent) will be given the incentive of Rs 30 lakh per match on being in playing eleven or Rs 15 lakh per match if not included in playing eleven.

Players who play more than seven matches (more than 75 percent) of matches will be given an incentive of Rs 45 lakhs per match on being included in playing eleven or Rs 22 lakh per match if not included in playing eleven.

“This scheme is designed to inspire our cricketers to contribute their absolute best to the longer format of the game. It is a recognition of the unique challenges and demands that Test cricket poses, and through this initiative, we seek to not only reward excellence but also cultivate a renewed passion for the purest form of the sport,” Shah said.

This innovative scheme is a testament to BCCI’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding the efforts of Indian players, fostering a sense of financial security and motivation to excel in Test cricket, he added.

“The scheme is a progressive move to acknowledge the significance of Test cricket. This pioneering initiative is intricately aligned with our broader vision, which is focused on the promotion of Test cricket as the undisputed pinnacle of the sport. As we embark on this journey, we are not only recognizing the invaluable contributions of our players but also fostering an environment that values and prioritizes the essence of the traditional format of the game,” Shah said.

BCCI President Roger Binny said: “We are thrilled to introduce the scheme, reaffirming the cricket body’s dedication to the well-being and encouragement of the senior men cricketers. This initiative aligns with our vision of promoting Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport.”

Vice President, Rajeev Shukla, said: “Test cricket undeniably occupies a special place in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. It embodies the essence of the sport, demanding skill, endurance, and a strategic approach.

The introduction of the ‘Test Cricket Incentive Scheme’ is a strategic move that goes beyond mere financial considerations. While it undoubtedly aims to provide players with a sense of financial stability, its broader purpose is to serve as a motivational catalyst.”

Honorary Treasurer, Ashish Shelarsaid: “Serving as the guardians of the game, we bear a profound responsibility to uphold the values and aspirations of cricket.

“Recognizing and rewarding the unwavering dedication that players invest in Test cricket is fundamental to preserving the essence of the sport.

“The introduction of the ‘Test Cricket Incentive Scheme’ is a significant stride in fulfilling this responsibility, as it signifies a deliberate step toward providing our players with the stability and growth opportunities they rightfully deserve.”

Honorary Joint Secretary Devajit Saikia said: “With the ‘Test Cricket Incentive Scheme,’ we aim to create a conducive environment for players to focus on Test cricket without concerns about financial security. This initiative is aligned with our commitment to nurturing and promoting the traditional form of the game.”

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