It’s been just over three days since Anil Kumble stepped down as the head coach of the Indian Team, but there seems to be no end to the saga surrounding the reason as to why. A few days ago, we heard of the frustrated conversation between Kohli and Kumble. But the most recent one seems to revolve around money – Kumble asks for a huge fee hike upto 60% of the captain’s fee.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) has recently laid hands on a proposal titled “Reconstructing of Renumeration of Contacts of Personnel of the Indian Cricket Team”, a 19-page document submitted by Kumble on 21st of May, 2017.
Anil Kumble has demanded that the head coach of the Indian Team be given a sizeable hike from Rs.6 Crores to Rs.7.5 Crores. The chart also suggested that Sanjay Bangar, who is the current Batting Coach’s salary be hiked to Rs.2.25 Crore from Rs.1 Crore and R. Sridhar, the Bowling Coach of India, receive a pay raise to Rs.1.75 Crore from Rs.1 Crore, with provisional effect from 1st June, 2017.
But what caught the eye of the BCCI was Kumble’s suggestion that national coaches be allowed to “earn from the IPL”. He believes this would help them make a little more money as well as gain experience in the T20 format of the game.
Conflict of Interest
Former COA Member Ramachandra Guha had previously stated that coaches “moonlighting” for IPL teams was a clear case of ‘conflict of interest’ to manage a national team. This was supposedly aimed at the role Rahul Dravid played for the Delhi Daredevils, serving as the U-19 and India A head coach.
A BCCI official, who has studied Kumble’s proposal document, told PTI: “While a lot of issues are pertinent but even his proposal on IPL is contrary to what Guha had written in his letter. If we go by what Guha had written, what Anil had demanded is a clear case of ‘conflict of interest’.”
Another term which came into play was “Enablers” – used to describe the role of the support staff of the Indian Team. The players are kept out of contract for the two month period during the IPL, following which their contracts are renewed. He suggested a similar system be followed for all the “enablers” – a fair chance for them to augment their incomes.
His proposal also includes two different ‘Red and White Ball Retainership Contracts’. An interesting point along these lines was on players’ “retainership fees” be linked as a variable pay – based on “fitness and other team standards”, which would amount to about 20% of his salary. He has also demanded fixed fees for tournaments, instead of ad-hoc fess like in the present structure – a constant of 2 Crore be paid for every 50-over match played, while a T20/Champions Trophy would be 1 Crore per player.
He also demanded a part of fund be retained for post-retirement access.