At the end of its apex council meeting on Monday, almost two years after Sourav Ganguly said that the financial health of domestic cricketers would be his “primary priority” as BCCI president, the board announced significant increases in match payments for men and women. Senior men will earn between INR 40,000 and 60,000 [USD 540 to 810 approx] per day under the new pay slabs, which will take effect in 2021-22. Senior women will earn up to INR 20,000 [USD 270 approx] per day under the new pay slabs.

The Ranji Trophy, India’s main domestic competition, will begin in a new format on January 13, with group stages held in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Chennai, and the final held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata from March 16-20.

The top Ranji players, who have played more than 40 matches, have had their daily fee nearly increased to Rs 60,000, ensuring that they earn Rs 2.40 lakh every first-class match.

In another key development, the BCCI has decided to allocate 50% match fees “as compensation” for the Covid-19-affected 2019-20 season, in which the board may only be able to organise the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20) Trophy and the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy for senior men.

Domestic players were paid in two instalments until 2017-18: a flat match fee and a bonus based on the BCCI’s gross revenue share (GRS) – non-IPL profits from television rights, team sponsorship rights, apparel sponsorship rights, series sponsorship rights, and so on. This would be paid the following year once the annual general meetings ratified the accounts.