BCCI Mulls Test Fee Hike And Incentives To Boost Red-Ball Commitment
By CricShots - Feb 27, 2024 11:58 am
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering a potential increase in Test match fees along with additional incentives to encourage players to prioritize the traditional format over lucrative T20 leagues. This move comes in response to the decisions of players like Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer, who have chosen to skip domestic red-ball cricket in favour of preparing for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Despite warnings from BCCI secretary Jay Shah, players like Kishan and Iyer continue to prioritize T20 leagues over Test cricket. Discussions are ongoing about the possibility of excluding such players from the central contract list, but it remains uncertain whether such a drastic step will be taken. The BCCI is keen on preserving the significance of Test cricket and is exploring ways to incentivize players to actively participate in the format.


A BCCI source explained the potential changes, stating, “For example, if someone plays all Test series in a calendar year, he should be rewarded additionally, apart from the annual retainer contract. This is to ensure that players turn out for more red-ball cricket. This would be an additional perk for playing Test cricket.”


Currently, players receive ₹15 lakhs per Test, ₹6 lakhs per ODI, and ₹3 lakhs per T20I. There are discussions about a substantial overhaul in the pay structure for Test matches. Players who participate in all Test series for India within a calendar year may receive extra bonuses on top of their central contract fees.

The proposed changes underscore the BCCI’s commitment to reinforcing the essence of Test cricket and acknowledging players for their dedication to the format. The cricket board is expected to introduce a new remuneration model after the conclusion of the upcoming IPL season.


One aspect under consideration is the introduction of additional bonuses for players completing all Test series in a season. Indian captain Rohit Sharma also shared his perspective on the matter after India’s victory over England in the Ranchi Test, emphasizing the importance of hunger and commitment to Test cricket for player selection.