BCCI lists actual salary, Kohli among gainers

India Test skipper Virat Kohli was among the few cricketers who received a higher actual salary according to the salary details of the retained IPL players listed by BCCI today.

Virat Kohli's actual salary in Royal Challengers Bangalore was listed as Rs 15 crore.   -  K. R. Deepak

India Test skipper Virat Kohli was among the few cricketers who received a higher actual salary according to the salary details of the retained IPL players listed by BCCI today.

Kohli's actual salary in Royal Challengers Bangalore was listed as Rs 15 crore while the purse deduction amount was Rs 12.50 crore in the list put up by BCCI in its website, just days ahead of the Lodha Committee's reform report on January 4.

India's limited over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was bought by Pune recently, however, had the same actual salary and purse deduction of Rs 12.50 crore while playing for Chennai Super Kings.

Among other Indians, Harbhajan Singh (Rs 5.50 crore vs 8 crore) and Ambati Rayudu (Rs 4 vs Rs 6 crore) were the top gainers according to the list put up by BCCI as a part of its recent attempts to ensure transparency.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (Rs 7.50 crore vs Rs 8.40 crore) and South African allrounder Faf du Plessis (Rs 4 crore vs Rs 4.75 crore) were the gainers among international cricketers.

However, like Dhoni, South Africa's ODI skipper AB deVillers (9.5 crore), Shikhar Dhawan (12.5 crore), R Ashwin (7.5 crore), West Indies' Dwayne Bravo (4 crore) too didn't see any change in their actual salaries.

There were also many cricketers whose actual salary went down. Kings XI Punjab duo of David Miller (12.5 crore vs 5 crore) and Manan Vora (4 crore vs 3.5 crore) and Kolkata Knight Riders' Gautam Gambhir (12.5 vs 10 crore) and Sunil Narine (Rs 9.5 crore vs 8 crore) saw their actual salary go down.

Mumbai Indians cricketers, West Indies' Keiron Pollard (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 9.7 crore) and Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 8.1 crore) also has a higher actual salary according to the BCCI list.

Four players who were recently bought by Team Rajkot, namely Suresh Raina (Rs 12.5 crore vs Rs 9.5 crore), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 5.5 crore), New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (Rs 7.5 crore vs Rs 3.25 crore) and Australia's James Faulkner (Rs 5.5 crore vs Rs 5.1 crore) were among those who had a lower actual salary.

Team Pune's Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 9.5 crore vs Rs 8 crore) and Steven Smith (Rs 5.5 vs Rs 4 crore) too were among the cricketers who would be paid less actual salary by their franchise according to the BCCI list.

This is the first time since the introduction of the retention system in 2010 that BCCI have disclosed the actual remuneration paid to the retained players. The retention system allows teams to sign a certain number of players from their squad ahead of the auction.