Rahul Dravid unhappy with BCCI over cash reward

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: India Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid seems to be really disappointed with the inequality in cash prizes announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for him, other support staff and the players of the World Cup champions.

The BCCI had announced cash awards of Rs 50 lakh for coach Rahul Dravid and Rs 30 lakh for each players of the winning team. The association also announced Rs 20 lakh each as cash awards for other support staff which includes bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, fielding coach Abhay Sharma, physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar, trainer Anand Date, masseur Mangesh Gaikwad and video analyst Devraj Raut.

Rahul Dravid who is lauded by one and all for his contribution towards the development of the boys thinks that it’s quite difficult to digest the fact that he is getting more than the players and other members of the coaching team.

The head coach has expressed his reservations and has requested that all support staff be rewarded evenly. Rahul Dravid is of the opinion that all the members of the coaching staff must be awarded equally for their immense contribution to the junior India side.

The 45-year batsman again said that the real challenge for the players begins now, “The challenge and the hard work really start from here, we had couple of conversations on it. When we were there they showed a rerun of the 2012 final and I started checking upon a few things.”

After the world cup victory, Dravid had acknowledged the role of support staff and expressed, “It’s a bit embarrassing at times because I tend to get a lot of attention and focus, but it is really about the support staff and the quality of people that we’ve had. I don’t want to mention names but everyone in the support staff has put in a great effort. We do the best for the kids.”

Prithvi Shaw-led Team India won the Under 19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand on Saturday by defeating Australia by eight wickets in the final game.