Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar earn more from BCCI than even MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been leading the Indian team, across all formats for quite some time now. In fact, the the Jharkhand-lad is arguably the most successful Indian skipper of all time as well.

By Chaitan Papnai | Updated: Oct 13, 2014, 14:20 PM IST
Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar earn more from BCCI than even MS Dhoni

New Delhi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been leading the Indian team, across all formats for quite some time now. In fact, the the Jharkhand-lad is arguably the most successful Indian skipper of all time as well.

But, former Indian skippers, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri earn more than Dhoni as the paid-retainers from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the autonomous body which runs cricket in the country. At least, the report in a leading English daily suggested the same.

The report says: With added bonus of about Rs 2 crore for their new roles — Shastri as Director Cricket and Gavaskar as head of IPL operations — the two will be getting around Rs 6 crore each annually. The two already had a Rs 4 crore per year contract as BCCI-endorsed commentators, which means they are on air for all of India’s international matches.

The report further stated: In contrast, Dhoni, in the last 12 months, has got Rs 2.59 crore for playing 35 international matches for India across all formats. That includes match fees as well as his Rs 1 crore retainer fee.

Interestingly, even after not being among the highest-paid retainers of the BCCI, Dhoni holds the fifth spot in the Forbes list of most valuable athlete brands.