Rahul Dravid’s demand for parity in the payment made by BCCI after India won 2018 U-19 World Cup Title has been accepted by the board. The player first raised the issue in February, when he was rewarded INR 50 lakhs, while his peer players were paid INR 30 lakhs. The team’s support staff was paid only INR 20 lakhs.Rahul Dravid expressed great reservations in accepting a higher payment and went on to be applauded for his decision greatly on social media as well. In a meeting held on February 14 between Dravid and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, the matter was brought up by the player proposing an equal pay for all the players. He even went on to propose a reward for those people who have been affiliated with U-19 side much before the World Cup.
India won a record fourth U-19 title under the captainship of Prithvi Shaw. The team was successful in defeating three-time World Cup (U-19) champions in Australia, with a lot of new youngsters coming to the spotlight.
After the World Cup, Dravid in a media interview recounted how winning a match takes more than just the players and commended the entire squad behind the team’s win.
“It was great teamwork, guys behind the scenes, the selectors, NCA, the BCCI setting up games and series. Winning a tournament like this is a good reflection of the teamwork.”
With a viewpoint that one person doesn’t win a game and that it’s a team effort, the player had challenged the disparity between the payment of players and staff, and his demand was acknowledged and accepted by BCCI. The consequence of this demand leads to Dravid’s payment being halved from INR 50 lakhs to INR 25 lakhs, whereas the payments of other back staff also increased to INR 25 lakhs as opposed to INR 20 lakhs.
The U-19 World Cup saw a lot of budding new talent in its wake. With the exemplary performance of the team, and Rahul Dravid as the head coach of the U-19 team, we can expect a lot of new faces to showcase their talent in the upcoming IPL 2018 season.