BCCI Introduces Test Cricket Incentive Scheme to Reward Players

BCCI Introduces Test Cricket Incentive Scheme to Reward Players

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has introduced a new ‘Test Cricket Incentive Scheme’ to reward players for their participation in the longest format of the game. The scheme aims to encourage players to prioritize Test cricket and ensure its financial viability.

Under the scheme, players who participate in 75% or more of the scheduled Test matches in a season will receive an additional incentive of Rs 45 lakh per game. This incentive is in addition to the existing match fee of Rs 15 lakh, meaning that a player who plays all 10 Tests in a season could earn up to Rs 4.50 crore in incentives alone.

The scheme is designed to provide financial security to Test players and reduce the uncertainty surrounding their earnings. This is particularly important for players who may not be guaranteed a place in the playing XI or who may not have lucrative IPL contracts.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said that the scheme will cost the board around Rs 45 crore for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons. He emphasized that the board is committed to giving highest priority to Test cricket and ensuring its financial growth and stability.

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir praised the BCCI’s decision, saying that “freedom from uncertainty is extremely important for performance.” He added that the scheme is a “great step” that will encourage players to take part in Test cricket.

The scheme is expected to have a positive impact on the quality and competitiveness of Test cricket in India. By providing financial incentives, the BCCI is sending a clear message that it values Test cricket and is committed to its long-term success.