Cricket saw a major boom in the 90’s, when the players started bagging contracts and were part of endorsements too. But before that, the financial aspect was mostly dependent on the fees paid by the board.
Recently, former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja shared a picture of the 1983 World Cup winning, Indian team’s pay slip, online. The picture shows that the entire team, along with the manager, was paid a match fees of Rs 1500 and 600 daily allowance during the World Cup.
Ramiz Raja wrote on the post, “Had to reproduce this… will try to get a copy of what we got paid for the Indian tour in 86-87. I remember it to this date what I got: played 5 Tests and 6 ODI’s and got paid Rs 55000.”
Had to reproduce this… will try to get a copy of what we got paid for the Indian tour in 86-87. I remember it to this date what I got: played 5 Tests and 6 ODI’s and got paid Rs 55000. pic.twitter.com/kbmGMkVGqE
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 26, 2020
This is in stark contrast as to what the Indian players are paid today. They have central contracts from the board, and the A+ category players get paid Rs 7 cr annually. In this category there are three players — Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah.
Just last month, India celebrated 37th anniversary of lifting the trophy, by beating West Indies at the Lord’s.