Compensation of Indian cricketers for the 1983 World Cup
The Indian team won the World Cup that day 38 years ago (June 25, 1983). Cricket became a religion in India after this. The team not only won the World Cup, but the cricketers have also rewritten history and accomplished an incredible feat. The Kapil Dev team were very satisfied with their performance. Today is the 38th anniversary of this prestigious moment.
If a player is selected for the Indian National Cricket Team, his earnings are deemed to be decent. Today, cricket has grown into a commercial sport in its own right. Instead of match fees, players earn huge sums from endorsements.
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The BCCI classifies players in categories A Plus, A, B and C according to their performance. A + players earn a salary of seven crore per year. 5 crores for category A ‘A’, Rs. 3 crore for category B, and Rs. 1 crore for category C.
But do you know how much the Kapil team received for winning the World Cup in 1983 and taking Indian cricket to a new level of popularity? A few thousand times less than the earnings of current players.
There was no way to pay match fees back then by grouping participants into different groups. All players, including the manager, received the same fees. Indian players who played ODIs against Pakistan after the World Cup triumph received match money of Rs. 1500 each plus a per diem allowance of Rs. 600, for a total of Rs. 2100. Currently, a grade C athlete is paid around six lakh rupees for a single match.
The days, on the other hand, have been changed. After winning the World Cup, the Indian cricket team underwent a transformation. Cricketers are considered lovable heroes by their admirers. The BCCI has now become the most powerful cricket council in the world and has reached the level of governance of world cricket.
The emergence of a tournament like the IPL has completely transformed the lives of cricketers. The prize money of this cash league is in millions of rupees. Cricketers like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni earn hundreds of dollars every year.