GCA offers more sops to promote cricket in the state

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Ahmedabad, Oct 19 (UNI) Gujarat Cricket Association has passed a proposal to give more sops to encourage the game of cricket in the state at its Executive Committee meeting, held here today.

According to the proposal GCA, one of the richest Cricket Associations in India, has decided to increase the amount of reward money to individual players, teams, coaches and selectors.

GCA president Narhari Amin told mediapersons that the increase in reward money has been devised in a way that will encourage players to play better in matches in the coming series.

Though the total amount cannot be worked out exactly because of the dynamic system, it will be more than Rs 1.5 crore. If the Gujarat team wins the Ranji Trophy, the team will get Rs 47 lakh. At present the team gets Rs six lakh. The increase of Rs 41 lakh is staggered from the first match. Earlier, no money was paid by the Gujarat Cricket Association until the team reached Semi-finals. Now, if Gujarat team wins first match it will get Rs 25,000, Rs 50,000 for second match, Rs 75,000 third match and so on.

If Gujarat lifts the Ranji Trophy, it will get total amount of Rs 47 lakh from Gujarat Cricket Association and Rs 60 lakh from the BCCI.

Similarly, the amount of prize money of Under-22 and C K Naidu has been raised from Rs 2.80 lakh to Rs 8.25 lakh. This is in addition to Rs 10 lakh from the BCCI.

In the case of Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy, amount has been raised by only Rs 5,000, the prize money is restructured and starts from the first match while there was no money for four matches in the earlier scheme. In the Under-19 four day Match Plate group, the prize money has been increased from Rs 2.80 lakh to Rs 3.75 lakh.

Now there is money after every match.

In under 16 Pauli Umrigar Trophy, GCA will now give Rs one lakh to match the BCCI amount of Rs one lakh.

In the case of individual performance, Ranji player used to get Rs 2,000 for a century and Rs 2,000 for capturing five wickets. Now, the amount has been increased to Rs 5,000. Similarly, the amount for these performances in Under 14, 16, 19 and 22 has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.

Match fee for Under-14 and Under-19 and Under-22 has been increased by Rs 750 and Rs 2,000 respectively.

Match fee has been introduced for managers of Gujarat team for all categories from under 14 to Ranji from Rs 1500 to Rs 10,000.

Women players will also get incentives. Accordingly, under 19 category individual player will get Rs 1,000 for 50 runs in an inning and same amount for three or more wickets. For senior players the amount has been fixed at Rs 1500.

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