MCA Announces 100% Pay Raise for Senior Men's Team

MCA Announces 100% Pay Raise for Senior Men’s Team

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has taken a bold step by announcing a 100% pay raise for its senior men’s team from the 2024-25 season. This move is a significant boost for domestic cricketers and could potentially set a precedent for other state associations to follow suit.

The MCA’s decision was driven by a desire to incentivize players and prioritize red-ball cricket. The association believes that the Ranji Trophy holds a special place in Mumbai and that players should be adequately compensated for their contributions.

Under the new scheme, players’ earnings from the MCA will match their earnings from the BCCI during the domestic season. This effectively doubles a player’s income, providing a substantial financial incentive to perform well in domestic competitions.

The move is particularly beneficial for players who do not have an IPL contract. For example, opening batter Bhupen Lalwani, who played in all 10 Ranji Trophy games for Mumbai in 2023-24, would have earned INR 17.2 lakhs as match fees. Under the new scheme, he would have earned INR 34.4 lakhs, a significant increase.

The MCA’s decision has been met with praise from former players and cricket enthusiasts. Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary India captain, has voiced his support for extending a similar scheme to first-class cricketers across the country. He believes that doubling or tripling match fees would encourage players to prioritize domestic cricket and strengthen the feeder system for the Indian team.

The MCA’s move is not the first time a state association has considered such a measure. In 2022-23, the MCA proposed annual contracts for its players but the proposal was not passed by the Apex Council. However, with the current president, Amol Kale, at the helm, the MCA has revisited the idea and implemented it successfully.

The MCA’s decision is a positive step towards recognizing the importance of domestic cricket and providing financial security to players. It is hoped that other state associations will follow suit and invest in their domestic teams, creating a stronger and more competitive domestic cricket ecosystem in India.

Tanveer Sangha Eyes Three-Format Success for Australia

Tanveer Sangha Eyes Three-Format Success for Australia

Tanveer Sangha, the promising Australian spinner, remains steadfast in his aspiration to become a three-format bowler for his country. Despite having played more white-ball matches for Australia than red-ball matches at first-class level, Sangha believes that red-ball cricket can still be a priority for him.

Sangha is set to make his first Sheffield Shield appearance in almost two years when he turns out for New South Wales against Queensland on Monday. The legspinner has been sidelined from Shield action due to overseas commitments and injuries.

Despite his limited red-ball experience, Sangha is confident that he can still achieve his goal of adding a Baggy Green to his limited-overs playing caps. “I definitely think all three formats is definitely up for play,” Sangha said. “There’s plenty of time still. Everyone says I’m young. I’m 22. You’re not going to peak until late 20s.”

Sangha acknowledges the challenges of being a multi-format bowler, but he is determined to find a balance that allows him to maintain his skills in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. “It’s the most difficult skill in cricket. I’m still learning, trying to pull leggies, wrong’uns, toppies, sliders and executing all these different variations. I’m just trying to think long term rather than short. It’s a long career if I do make it and I do get through all of it.”

Sangha is aware of the impact that white-ball cricket has had on Test hopefuls, with players like Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell having limited opportunities in the Shield in recent seasons. However, he is determined to find a way to maintain his red-ball skills while on white-ball tours.

“That’s what I’m learning now while I was away,” Sangha said. “What can I still do while on a white-ball tour to make sure I’m maintaining my red ball-skills, shapes and bowling style?”

For now, Sangha is focused on his upcoming Shield match and the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean later this year. He believes that his red-ball experience will benefit his white-ball cricket, as it will allow him to develop his skills in planning and executing dismissals.

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