Former cricketer and coach of the India U-19 cricket team, Rahul Dravid had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for an equal pay of the cash prize that was awarded on the occasion of winning the World Cup. Dravid had expressed discontentment on being paid more cash prize as compared to the team players and the supporting staff. As per reports, Dravid was awarded Rs. 50 lakhs while the players were given Rs. 30 lakhs and support staff was given Rs. 20 lakhs.
According to the Indian Express, BCCI reworked the prize money and is now rewarding Dravid and all the coaching staff members Rs. 25 lakhs each. The cricket governing body has also listed certain names as the beneficiaries who have been a part of the support staff and worked all round the year for the World Cup, as per the report.
A Board member who anonymously spoke the Indian Express, said: “From the time the award was announced, Dravid wasn’t happy with him getting much more than others. He informed the Board that he felt that every member had played an equal role in the team winning the World Cup. It surprised many in the BCCI that he was ready to take a cut in his own earning.”
Dravid, who has a reputation of being honest and modest, has led his life so far by example. We can’t help but go back to that incident when he was standing in the queue of a science fair along with his kids. So when it came to asking for equal pay parity, it did not surprise us. Even when he was credited for the U-19 teams success, he kindly diverted the attention to the support staff who had put in their ehart and soul in the tourney.
Dravid said at a press conference: “It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.”
Information source: timesnownews
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