Former cricketers associated with the IPL governing council tried to increase their remuneration from the one crore that they got per annum.
“Gavaskar wrote a letter to the president saying Lalit Modi, the former IPL chairman, had promised him that former cricketers will be paid USD one million (Rs 4.5 crore approx) and not Rs one crore,” a top BCCI official told the Hindustan Times. “The president told him the matter would be placed before the AGM.”
The annual general meeting took place on September 29 and when BCCI president Shashank Manohar did inform the members about the demand, it was opposed by one and all. “We were told during the AGM that the former cricketers have requested that their remuneration be raised. It was discussed and we decided that they should not be paid for their services,” CP Joshi, the Rajasthan Cricket Association president, told HT.
The BCCI then did away with the practice of paying Gavaskar, Ravi Shashtri and MAK Pataudi. Thereafter, Gavaskar turned down the request to work as an honorary member of the panel. While Shastri continued, Pataudi, also chose to walk out.
Mohinder Amarnath joined Shastri in the restructured governing council with only two former cricketers. The Hindustan Times has learnt that the Gavaskar had requested Manohar days before the AGM to revise the remuneration pattern of former cricketers.
Gavaskar, however, denied writing a letter to raise the issue. “No, I have not written to the BCCI that former players on the governing council should be paid US 1 million dollars. That is a complete misrepresentation of facts,” he wrote in an email response.
However, another senior BCCI official, who has also been a part of the IPL governing council, admitted that such a request was in the works for a long time.
"He (Gavaskar) was leading the campaign to get their fees hiked," he said. “I won’t be surprised if he started considering the Kochi option seriously since he had lost out on the crore that he was earning earlier after the AGM shot the proposal down.”
Even though he is no longer on the IPL governing council, the former opening batsman stuck to his stand that retired cricketers on the panel should be paid.
“Those who are giving their expertise, experience, inputs, time and credibility with their names should be remunerated for it,” Gavaskar said.
"Please remember I have not asked for nor received a single rupee for being the coach and consultant of the Indian team in the past. That, I felt was my duty towards Indian cricket for what it has made me.
"However, the IPL is not Indian cricket but a commercial enterprise and so the former players in the governing council should be remunerated for that.”