Dravid takes a pay-cut so that support-staff can get more
Rahul Dravid has been known as the true ambassador of the gentleman's game over the years and his sense of fair-play has prevailed yet again. The Under-19 World Cup winning coach has ensured that every member of the support staff, who worked with the squad, gets an equal cash prize for the triumph. To ensure pay parity, Dravid took a pay cut.
Dravid wanted equal pay for him and support staff
BCCI had announced a cash reward of Rs. 50 lakh for India Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid, while the other members of the support staff were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakh each and the players were to be given Rs. 30 lakh each. Dravid was unhappy with this and brought up the disparity issue with the BCCI.
Noble gesture from a noble man
According to a report in the Indian Express, Rahul Dravid stressed on the need for an equal cash prize to all support staff members during his February 14 meeting with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Not just that, Dravid even ensured that people who worked with this team in the past are also rewarded equally.
'Dravid wasn't happy with him getting more than others'
"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...he was ready to take a cut in his own earning," a top BCCI source was quoted.
Rahul Dravid is still winning hearts
Dravid has taken a pay cut just to ensure parity in the cash rewards. Now every member of the coaching staff will receive Rs. 25 lakh from the BCCI. The family of team trainer Rajesh Savant, who passed away last year, will also receive the sum. Logistics managers Manuj Sharma and Sumeet Malahapurkar and trainer Amogh Pandit will also be rewarded.