The Administrative Committee (CoA), appointed by the Supreme Court has approved an increase in the remuneration of selectors by Rs 30 Lakh, and those of the main selector by Rs 20 Lakh. It was decided to increase the remuneration of the members of the selection committee to Rs 90 Lakh a year which was Rs 60 Lakh, while the panel’s chairman will now receive Rs 1 Crore, which previously was Rs 80 Lakh.
At present, the main selection committee is headed by former Indian wicket MSK Prasad with Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi as the other two members. Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe were removed last year as selectors as the Lodha reforms determined a selection committee consisting of three members, all of whom had played Test Cricket.
Meanwhile, the remuneration of the members of the Junior Selection Committee was brought to Rs 60 Lakh a year, whereby the panel chair must now get Rs 65 Lakh a year. Salaries of the Women’s Selection Committee have also increased, and members are now expected to get Rs 25 Lakh a year, and the head selector is set to receive Rs 30 Lakh.
Interestingly, the minutes indicated that CoA was informed that before this increase could be communicated to the selectors, some of them approached to the assistant secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, looking for an increase in their pay.
“To this end, the acting secretary had asked general manager of cricket operations BCCI, Saba Karim, for a comparative analysis of the increase in the pay rates of the support team and India A coach, Rahul Dravid for the year 2014–15 financial year. After evaluating the same, the acting secretary had recommended an increase of about 70%.”
However, the CoA has decided to comply with the approved compensation. The two-member panel, headed by former ACG leader Vinod Rai and including former captain of India captain Diana Edulji already had doubled the fees of curators, referees, scorers and video analysts.