The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently released the list of central contracts. Players who ignored domestic cricket did not find a place in this list. Of these, the blame mainly fell on Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer. Both players were dropped from the central contract. The board wants the players to focus on domestic cricket in their free time. Apart from this, BCCI also launched a special incentive scheme for players playing Test cricket. Due to league cricket, many players are becoming disillusioned with Test and domestic cricket. In such a situation, the board is trying to get the same respect again for red ball cricket. Domestic cricket has given many stars to the Indian team. If we look at the England series, youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel, Akashdeep and Devdutt Padikkal made their Test debut and played important roles in the team winning the series.

Sarfaraz-Dhruv played the match winning innings

Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Khan, who has scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket, made his debut in the Test played against England in Rajkot. He scored 62 runs in his very first innings in an explosive manner. During this period, he hit 9 fours and 1 six from his bat. Although unfortunately he was run out, but during his half-century he showed that the future of Indian Test cricket is in safe hands. In the second innings of the same match, Sarfaraz scored unbeaten 68 runs. Dhruv Jurel, who made his debut in the third Test, missed a half-century and scored an innings of 46 runs. Jurel did not stop here and in the fourth test played in Ranchi, he proved himself by playing a match-winning inning of 90 runs. In the second innings he remained unbeaten after scoring 39 runs. Due to these innings of Dhruv played at a very important time, India won the fourth test by 5 wickets and he was adjudged Player of the Match.

Akashdeep’s dominance in debut test

Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test due to workload management. In such a situation, Bengal fast bowler Akashdeep got a chance to make his Test debut. The Indian fast bowling attack looked weak in the absence of Bumrah. But Akashdeep proved it wrong. He showed the England top order the way to the pavilion. The fast bowler made Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Jack Crawley his victims. Apart from him, due to injury to Rajat Patidar, Devdutt Padikkal was given the debut cap in the final Test of the series. He scored a half-century in the very first Test of his career. Devdutt scored 65 runs with the help of 10 fours and 1 six.

B. What is the incentive scheme of CCI?

After winning the Test series against England, BCCI gave a big gift to the Indian team. A new incentive scheme was introduced and according to it, Indian players who play less than 50 percent of the Tests in a season will get only Rs 15 lakh as match fee. Players who play more than 50 percent of the matches will get Rs 30 lakh if ​​they get a place in the playing 11 and Rs 15 lakh if ​​they sit on the bench. Apart from this, for the players included in the Indian team for more than 75 percent of the Tests, this incentive will be Rs 45 lakh (in playing XI) and Rs 22.5 lakh (in non-playing XI) respectively. BCCI has decided to implement this Test Incentive Scheme from the 2022-23 season.

Why was this plan made?

Recently it was seen that Indian players have started preparing for IPL 2024 instead of playing domestic cricket. Players like Ishan Kishan-Shreyas Iyer decided not to play Ranji Trophy. The board also wrote a letter to the players asking them to play domestic cricket, which was completely ignored. After this, while the BCCI took action against the players who ignored Test and domestic cricket, it also planned to reward the players who played red ball cricket. After the introduction of the incentive scheme in Test, the players who give priority to this format will also be financially prosperous.