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Last Updated Tuesday February 20 2018 03:06 AM IST

Higher reward for himself than U-19 players irks Dravid

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Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Dravid Under-19 Cricket World Cup winning team coach Rahul Dravid and captain Prithvi Shaw during a press meet after their arrival in Mumbai on Monday. PTI

The ICC Under-19 World Cup winning Indian team coach, Rahul Dravid, has expressed his reservations on the disparity in the prize money that was announced for the support staff by the BCCI.

The BCCI had on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for Dravid and Rs 30 lakh each for the World Cup winning squad. The other members of the support staff including fielding coach Abhay Sharma and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey are to be given Rs 20 lakh each.

However, according to a report in a leading daily, Dravid is unhappy with the decision as the prize money is far greater than the rest of his coaching staff. The report adds that Dravid also mentioned that the entire support staff had worked as a team, and had played an equal and united part in ensuring success at the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand and thus he requested the BCCI that all support staff members be rewarded evenly.

In a marked departure from the usual norm where the players get a greater share of the prize money, the COA-led BCCI had decided that the chief coach should get the biggest share. "India is known for its guru-shishya parampara and the guru always gets more. Obviously, the stature of the coach matters a lot," a senior office-bearer, who was a part of the policy decision, had told PTI.

However, it must be noted that neither Dav Whatmore (India U-19 coach in 2008) nor Bharath Arun (2012 coach) got more than the Virat Kohli or Unmukt Chand-led teams.

Ever since India lifted their fourth Under-19 World Cup on Saturday, Dravid has been at the forefront of most news and social media coverage, sometimes even more than the players. And in the press conference in Mumbai on Monday, there were more questions aimed at him than at winning captain Prithvi Shaw.

After the final on Saturday, Dravid has tried to divert the attention from him to the team. “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,” he had said.

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