Rahul Dravid Declines BCCI’s Extra ₹2.5 Crore Bonus Over Rest Of His Support Staff For WC Win

In a display of remarkable sportsmanship, team India’s outgoing head coach Rahul Dravid declined a portion of his bonus to ensure equal pay for all members of the support staff following their triumphant T20 World Cup victory in Barbados.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced a prize pool of Rs 125 crore to be distributed amongst players and support staff. While players and Dravid were initially slated to receive Rs 5 crore each, other support staff members, including batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip, were designated Rs 2.5 crore as bonus.

Reports reveal that Dravid opted to receive only Rs 2.5 crore, ensuring that all support staff received the same bonus amount. This act of generosity echoes a similar gesture in 2018. Back then, as coach of the U19 Men’s World Cup winning team, Dravid convinced the BCCI to distribute his prize money equally among the entire coaching staff.

Dravid’s tenure as head coach concluded on a triumphant note, having led India to their first International Cricket Council (ICC) title in eleven years.

The BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, expressed gratitude to Dravid and his support staff, acknowledging their dedication and the team’s phenomenal achievements. Shah hailed the T20 World Cup victory as a cherished national milestone.

Taking the reins from Dravid is former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who has been appointed the new head coach with a three-and-a-half-year contract. Gambhir is expected to be joined by Abhishek Nayar as his assistant coach.

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