Revolution Of Cricket: Cricketers Used To Get A Fee Of Rs. 2500, Now The Contract Is Up To 20 Crores
In 1975, the Indian Cricket Board used to pay a fee of 2500 rupees to the players of Team India to play a Test match. Then came ODI cricket and in 1983 we became champions in the third World Cup. You will be surprised to know that when our players came back to India after becoming champions, BCCI did not have money to give to its players. Then Lata Mangeshkar did a show for the team and the money that came was given to the players.
Earnings increased after the 1983 World Cup, but even then the BCCI had to pay a fee of Rs 5 lakh to Doordarshan to show a match of India on TV. Barring Australia and England, almost all the cricket boards around the world had a similar situation.
Revolution Of Cricket: TV rights were sold first time in 1991
In 1991, TV rights were sold for the first time and the Indian Board’s net worth increased from a few lakh rupees to a few crores. Done. In the coming decade and a half, the status of the board will be a few hundred crores. Why did it happen?
Then came the T20 format. This not only made India and the Indian Cricket Board rich but also made the game of cricket the second most popular sport in the world after football. Today, the board gives a contract fee of 7 crores annually to the captain of the team, Rohit Sharma. IPL earnings are different. Other stars associated with the Indian team are also earning big money. As far as broadcast is concerned, now the broadcaster gives Rs 43.20 crore to BCCI for an international match to be held in India.
All these changes came after the T20 format hit. We will know today what this format has given to cricket since the first T20 World Cup in 2007. After reading this article till the end, you will be aware of the power of the T20 format and also understand how this quick format is beneficial for Test cricket as well.