'This is to ensure that players...' - Indian Cricket Board to hike Test match fees to encourage red-ball cricket

The Indian Cricket Board is all set to increase the salary scale of Test cricket to encourage the players to focus more on red-ball cricket and not IPL.

Sarah Andrew
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The Indian Cricket Board is all set to increase the salary scale of Test cricket. As per reports, this hike in remuneration came after the players opted out of the Test series and are ready to play the Indian Premier League (IPL). To encourage red-ball cricket, the Board is planning to raise the salary of the players who are playing Tests regularly. Once approved, the remuneration model will commence post-IPL. 

A source from the Board said, "For example, if someone plays all Test series in a calendar year, he should be rewarded additionally, apart from the annual retainer contract. This is to ensure that players turn out for more red-ball cricket. This would be an additional perk for playing Test cricket."

If Test cricket is taken into consideration, the new players aren't a part of any remuneration model and the board will have to come up with something to include them. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the board compensates players like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Dhruv Jurel, who are new to the team or have played fewer Test matches. 

India defeats England in the 4th Test match by five wickets

In the fourth Test match, India defeated the English team by five wickets and thus won the series, 3-1. Even though one last match is left, England's desire to defeat India in their backyard remains a dream now. Moreover, India's performance in the ongoing series has been terrific in all the departments. As the team is filled with young talents, the way they have played throughout the series is commendable. 

In the absence of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah, nobody had expected the team to be this amazing. Players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel have played extremely well in the series with multiple half-centuries. Moreover, India will hope for the momentum to continue to win the last Test match as well.