Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has asked for an amount of Rs 1.90 crore as remuneration for his services as president of BCCI (IPL affairs) during the seventh edition of the cash-rich league last year, which was held in UAE and India. It may be recalled that Gavaskar was appointed ‘President, BCCI (IPL affairs)’ on the directive of the Supreme Court of India. The apex court had directed the BCCI to pay Gavaskar adequate compensation as he put his various media commitments — commentary and writing columns — on hold during that period. According to reliable source in the Working Committee, Gavaskar had written to the Board about the compensation.
“Gavaskar has written a letter to the BCCI. In the letter, he has sought an amount to the tune of Rs. 1.90 crore which is equivalent to the money that he had to forego during the period as he couldn’t take up his media assignments which includes TV commentary, writing columns and also acting as media pundit,” a senior BCCI official, who was present at the Working committee meeting told PTI .
Asked whether the amount sought by Gavaskar has already been approved, the official said, “Not as of now. But obviously, he needs to be compensated as there is a SC directive and we need to follow that. But this letter will be placed before the finance committee, which will approve an amount.
Meanwhile, it has also been learnt that Sachin Tendulkar has sought more information from the board on the nature of his role in the advisory panel. “We have learnt that Sachin is interested to know as to what exactly is expected from him in regards to his contribution in cricket development. If there is a contract, then what are the terms of reference of that contract and other important details,” the source added.
Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid are expected to be a part of an elite advisory panel which will take a call on who India’s next chief coach will be and that technically puts these three former cricketers out of the race as far as national coaching job is concerned.