Cheteshwar Pujara Absolutely Nonchalant On His IPL Snub

Cheteshwar Pujara feels IPL auctions are always tricky territory and going unsold there does not make him a frustrated cricketer as he fights the public perception of being a red-ball Test cricket specialist. Cheteshwar Pujara who has played 77 tests has a base price of 50 lakhs in 2020 IPL but was unsold. In 30 IPL matches he has scored 390 runs with one fifty to his name. The Test mainstay mainly played for KKR, KXIP, and RCB in the past. Cheteshwar Pujara is unsold at the 2020 Auction and it will be interesting to see whether he is picked

Cheteshwar Pujara Absolutely Nonchalant On His IPL Snub

Cheteshwar Pujara feels IPL auctions are always tricky territory and going unsold there does not make him a frustrated cricketer as he fights the public perception of being a red-ball Test cricket specialist. Cheteshwar Pujara who has played 77 tests has a base price of 50 lakhs in but was unsold.

In 30 IPL matches he has scored 390 runs with one fifty to his name. The Test mainstay mainly played for KKR, KXIP, and RCB in the past. Cheteshwar Pujara is unsold at the 2020 Auction and it will be interesting to see whether he is picked by any franchise as a substitute player.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: BCCI

Cheteshwar Pujara Do Not Have Ego As He Knows That IPL Auctions Are Tricky

There are players who have had similar strike-rates of around 100 but got picked by franchises leaving the architect of India’s historic series win in Australia in 2018-19 high and dry. IPL auctions are tricky as the franchises bid for the batsmen who are experienced cricketers or youngsters with power-hitting capabilities.

“As a cricketer, I can”t have that opinion. Also I feel that I am someone who will never have such egos because I have seen and known IPL auctions to be tricky,” Pujara told PTI during an exclusive interview.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I have seen world class players like Hashim Amla go unsold at the auctions. There have been lot of good T20 players, who have missed out on auction. Yes, given a choice I would like to play IPL,” said India”s most important Test batsman alongside skipper Virat Kohli.

Other years during IPL, Cheteshwar Pujara is in England playing county cricket either for Derbyshire, Yorkshire, or Nottinghamshire which was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have to understand these are tough times. It is more important to be with family and stay safe and not worry too much about not getting too much match practice. There are people, who have endured way more difficulties,” he said.

Cheteshwar Pujara is not frustrated as he understands the times are tough when all his India mates will be playing matches (in IPL) and he can only have net sessions while there is still no clarity on domestic cricket.

Cheteshwar Pujara On Being Tagged A Test Specialist

He is tagged as a Test player which is further emphasized by the fact that he has played in only 5 one-dayers where he scored only 51 runs averaging only 10.2.

“I would say yes, it”s a perception being tagged as a Test player and I can”t do much about it,” said the man who set up India”s 2-1 series win in Australia with more than 500 runs in the 2018-19 away series.

“I have always said that I should get opportunities and once I get opportunities, then only I can prove myself as white ball cricketer. I have performed well in List A cricket (average of 54), also in domestic T20s (century in Mushtaq Ali Trophy).  

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

“Performance is something which I can control and I will do that. Only thing I can do is wait for my opportunity. But as and when I get an opportunity, then only I can change the perception.,” said the affable man from Rajkot.

The 32-year-old played 77 Test matches and scored 5840 runs with 18 hundred averaging 48.67 and maintains commitment levels above 100%.

“I wouldn”t say that I feel like I don”t have this or I don”t have that. I am happy with what I have got. Be it for Indian Oil in office cricket or playing for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy, my commitment is always above 100 percent. Nothing beats the feeling when you win matches for India with millions supporting you.” he concluded.

Only in his ninth innings, Cheteshwar Pujara notched his first double century in Test cricket. The Gujarat lad took on the bowling attack comprising of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, and Graeme Swann and smacked 21 fours in his unbeaten innings of 206 off 389 balls. It is still his highest Test score to date. The double century guided to a huge total of 521/8d and eventually, the home side India won the match by 9 wickets.

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PCB Announces Massive Pay Hike For Pakistan’s Domestic Cricketers

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a massive pay hike for the domestic cricketers, which will see them earning a minimum of seven percent appraisal compared to the 19-20 compensation. The 20-21 season begins on the 30th of September, and the new structure will be effective then. The PCB announced on Tuesday, an increased pay structure for the domestic cricketers. The top domestic cricketers stand a chance to earn as much as PKR 3.2 million (Rs14 lakh INR) over the course of the season, including a monthly retainer of PKR 150,000 (Rs 66k INR). PCB Announces Massive Pay Hike

PCB Announces Massive Pay Hike For Pakistan’s Domestic Cricketers

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a massive pay hike for the domestic cricketers, which will see them earning a minimum of seven percent appraisal compared to the 19-20 compensation. The 20-21 season begins on the 30th of September, and the new structure will be effective then.

The PCB announced on Tuesday, an increased pay structure for the domestic cricketers. The top domestic cricketers stand a chance to earn as much as PKR 3.2 million (Rs14 lakh INR) over the course of the season, including a monthly retainer of PKR 150,000 (Rs 66k INR).

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PCB Announces Massive Pay Hike For Pakistan’s Domestic Cricketers

The new season of domestic cricket comes joyous for the domestic cricketers in who are set to earn much more than the previous season’s pay.

“Once the lowly paid top domestic cricket performers now have the opportunity to earn as high as PKR 3.2million, which is 83 per cent more than 2019-20, and as low as PKR1.8million, still a seven per cent increase from what the players in the highest category received last year,” PCB said in a release on Tuesday.

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Pakistan Cricket Board

“With each of the 10 A+ category players to receive PKR 150,000 as monthly retainer for 12 months and a match fee of PKR 40,000 for National T20 Cup and Pakistan Cup each, and PKR 60,000 for Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, players maintaining and displaying high levels of professionalism throughout the season will earn PKR 3.2million. Monthly retainer of D category domestic players is PKR40,000 but they will get the same match fee as the highest category player, i.e any D category player who features in all the 30 First XI league matches will earn PKR 1.8million.”

The PCB is working to gradually improve the Pakistani cricketers’ pay: PCB Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan

If we compare with last year, the monthly retainer of all domestic contracted first XI players was PKR 50,000, while the match fee was PKR 40,000 for white-ball cricket and PKR 75,000 for red-ball cricket. Director – High Performance, Nadeem Khan has stated that the board is aware that the Pakistani cricketers are not the highest paid in the world but the board is working for the players to get the best returns for their talents.

“The PCB is aware that Pakistan cricketers are not the highest-paid in the world, but it is our endeavour to slowly and gradually improve their contracts so that they can get best returns for their talent and also plan their futures,” Nadeem Khan said.

“PCB generates its funds and revenues through cricket and it is appropriate that a large chunk of these funds are reinvested into development and cricketers.

 

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Pakistan (Credits: Twitter)

“I am confident that domestic cricketers will see these enhancements as a morale and confidence booster, and they will not only aim to perform better than last year but this will introduce an element of competition between these players in pursuit of improved contracts next year.” he added.

The 2020-21 and enhanced monthly retainer structure is: Category A+ = 10 players, PKR 150,000 per month (66k INR) Category A = 38 players, PKR 85,000 per month (37K INR) Category B = 48 players, PKR 75,000 per month (33k INR) Category C = 72 players, PKR 65,000 per month (28k INR) Category D = 24 players, PKR 40,000 per month. (17.5k INR).

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