Mumbai:The worst kept secret in Indian cricket was finally confirmed on Tuesday as the BCCI as expected sacked Kapil Dev as Chairman of the National Cricket Academy.
They've also said that Kapil and other players who have joined the breakaway Indian Cricket League cannot have anything to do with the BCCI anymore or get any financial benefits.
But with revenge on the top of their mind, the BCCI went soft on some other major cricket decisions that they were to take, such as changing the way cricket selectors are appointed.
However, while doing so, the BCCI - recovering from the shock World Cup exit and which still does not have a coach for Team India - took the opportunity to pat itself on the back.
"We don't shout from the rooftops but we have done a great job in running cricket, and all the state associations as well," said Srinivasan, Treasurer, BCCI.
The BCCI says that the proof of the pudding is in the profits, and it is because of their efficiency and the resultant profits that the domestic players will now get much more money.
This means that a domestic player who received Rs 16,000 per match day last year, will now get Rs 26,000 per match day.
Next year if profits go up again, then this figure will become Rs 36,000.
This means that a four-day match this season will fetch a cricketer Rs 1.04 lakh as against Rs 64,000 last year.
However, the board only gives part of that money upfront.
Last year, the players got Rs 4000 per match day, and this season they will get Rs 10,000 per match day with the balance sum to be paid at the end of the year.
Besides this, on Tuesday, the BCCI also increased total prize money in domestic tournaments from Rs 60 lakh to Rs 4.2 crore.
So that means that top domestic players can now earn about Rs 10 lakh per year, but that's far lower than what the ICL is offering, i.e., a minimum of Rs 15-20 lakh per year.
But the BCCI insists that this was always their promise and is not a damage control measure to thwart the exodus to the ICL.
"We had already said two years ago that we will give players 26 per cent of our profits," said Srinivasan, Treasurer, BCCI.
However, the one promise that the board seems to have conveniently gone back on is the one concerning selectors.
They had proposed doing away with zonal selection, imposing a minimum criteria and making sure that selectors cannot hold posts in their state associations.
All of that stays right now, except that the selectors will be appointed by the board rather than being elected by the zones and they will be paid henceforth.
But even the selectors might be vulnerable to being poached by the ICL who clearly want to spend more money than the world's richest board does.