Wednesday, April 20, 2011

There you have it, folks. Just file it under… greed.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected an informal request by the Indian team for greater rewards for winning the World Cup.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar had announced that each member of the 15-man squad would receive Rs 1 crore, while the support staff would get Rs 50 lakh. But a couple of days after the victory, a few players asked for more.

The players were demanding Rs 5 crore each, said a senior BCCI official.

A top India player, on condition of anonymity, argued the team's position: "If you see, only the top players benefit, and there is no doubt that we earn more than anybody, but what about players like Munaf Patel and others? These players make the Indian team and the BCCI earns so much because of them."

"We are not greedy for the money," said the top cricketer. "But these (junior) players have made the BCCI rich and famous. There is no harm in asking for more especially since the Board will earn thousands of crores after India's victory. A player's life is very uncertain. Who knows what will happen next?" {Read on}