Released Rahane, Harbhajan, Dinda lose 2.25 lakh each

The Board of Control of Cricket in India's (BCCI) dictum to release non-playing Test squad members for Ranji Trophy duty might be in the best interest of the players. Apart from allowing them valuable practice it also relieves them of the monotony of warming the bench. Representing their state in domestic competition while being part of the Indian squad, however, means sacrificing the healthy Test match fees.

On Saturday, three members of the present national side, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh and Ashok Dinda will take the field for their respective state team's Ranji clash. Sources in the BCCI informed The Indian Express that based on the guidelines regarding players' fee decided upon in 2010, this lot will only be paid the fees pertaining to the Ranji Trophy.

"As these players are representing their respective associations, they will not avail the Test fees or the daily allowance," a top BCCI official said.

According to BCCI norms, non-playing members of the Test squad are paid Rs 3.5 lakhs in comparison to the seven lakhs accorded to the playing XI.

The daily allowance, meanwhile, for Team India members is USD 70 (around Rs 3800) whereas the same for domestic players is decided upon by the respective associations. Harbhajan, Dinda and Rahane will get paid Rs 35,000 per day during the stints with their state teams.

So, even if the game does last the distance—four days—their total fees will come up to Rs 1.4 lakhs, a shortfall of nearly Rs 2.25 lakh when compared to what they would have earned for sticking with the national team.

"People might consider this to be unfair on such players as it results in them losing some money. The board can't hand out fees both for being part of the Indian team and playing a Ranji game. So it was decided that they be paid only for the match they play," the source added.

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