Rahul Dravid's selfless act of sacrificing Rs 25 lakh from the bonus he received after guiding the Indian team to the ICC U-19 World Cup triumph in New Zealand has been widely appreciated by the fans who have even proposed him for the prime minister's post! The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced a bonus of Rs 50 lakh to head coach Dravid while members of the support staff got Rs 20 lakh each with the players getting Rs 30 lakh after the Indian colts reigned supreme.
However, Dravid was quick to let his displeasure known at the disparity. And, according to a report in a leading national daily, the Board agreed to the former Indian captain's demand that all staff members should be paid equally. Thus, all members of the coaching staff will now be paid Rs. 25 lakh, including Dravid.
“From the time the award was announced, Dravid wasn’t happy with him getting much more than others. He informed the Board that he felt that every member had played an equal role in the team winning the World Cup. It surprised many in the BCCI that he was ready to take a cut in his own earning,” a BCCI member was quoted as saying by the daily.
Dravid had also urged the BCCI to reward members of the team who had been working with the squad for the past one year besides the ones who had traveled to New Zealand.
“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,” Dravid had told mediapersons on his arrival from New Zealand.