In a country of more than a billion, only a handful of fortunate ones get the opportunity to don the national jersey. The others do the hard yards in domestic cricket, in the bid to prove their worth to the selectors.
In recent years, however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have taken care of their domestic cricketers financially to promote cricket as a feasible option professionally.
A domestic season in India comprises of the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, ranging from all formats of the game. The players are provided with the remuneration according to these premier tournaments.
Today, let’s take a deep insight into the salaries of domestic cricketers in India:
1. Ranji Trophy
The Ranji Trophy has been the premier domestic tournament in India as far as red-ball, four-day cricket is concerned. Reportedly, the players earn a lucrative amount of about INR 35000 per day, and cumulatively around INR 140000 per match, apart from the daily allowance of INR 1000.
The benched players, however, earn half the amount in comparison to the playing cricketers, around INR 70,000 per match.
2. Vijay Hazare Trophy
The marquee 50-over tournament in the country domestically pays INR 35000 to every player per match. The ones on the bench earn half the amount (INR 17250) per game.
In terms of daily allowances, they earn about INR 1000 per match, which increases up to INR 1500 during knockout games.
3. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
The premier T20 event in domestic cricket, Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament, proved to be a trampoline as far as IPL careers are concerned. It pays INR 17500 per match with a daily allowance of INR 1000 per game.
Plus, it pays INR 175000 per match during the knockouts with INR 16000 in daily allowances.