Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has suggested BCCI to put a particular salary cap for the players who have not played any First Class cricket or any Ranji matches. MS Dhoni, who has taken retirement from Test cricket back in 2015, still plays First Class cricket for his home city Jharkhand.
Dhoni along with current Indian skipper Virat Kohli feels that the importance of Ranji cricket and First Class cricket is reduced in the mind of players because of the salaries they get during the IPL auction. There are two perfect examples of this, one is T Natarajan, an uncapped player, who sold for Rs 3 crore in last season’s IPL auction. Another is, KC Cariappa in 2015, who had not played Ranji Trophy for Karnataka till then, went for Rs 2.4 crore.
“A classic case was Cariappa, who was bought by KKR for Rs 2.4 crore in 2015. He had played a few games in the Karnataka Premier League but hadn’t played for the Karnataka Ranji side. It really sends a wrong message to all first-class players. On one side we have some who play non-stop Ranji Trophy games and earn only 10-12 lakh in an entire season, and here comes a boy who is getting so much. Kohli and Dhoni felt it wasn’t right and BCCI should keep a salary cap on these uncapped players,” a source in the BCCI informed.
Both Kohli and Dhoni have urged BCCI to ensure a cap for those who are playing regular domestic cricket.